Tuesday, May 21

Top Trends Coming Your Way In 2020 and Beyond...

Trends are such an emotive topic aren't they? They really annoy some people, including me. But I don't get annoyed because I don't like the concept of them, I get annoyed because the ones that reach mega status (like er, dark grey and tropical prints) stick around for SO long, get done to death, and I get sick of the sight of them, and well, really rather irritated. Irrationally irritated. This is a personality flaw that I probably should address one day. Maybe.

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The Manzoni

ANYWAY, while some trends drive me irrationally insane, there are others that are still on the up that I can't wait to see more of. Then there are some that never seem to take off as much as I'd like them to, which also annoys me. But it's probably just as well because if they got too big, I wouldn't like them anymore anyway. Ha! Difficult? Moi?

So here are my top trend predictions for the coming year (or so, because although some hang around for a ridiculously long time, boy can they take a long time to filter through!), based not just on my week in Milan for Design Week but what I've noticed popping up here and there elsewhere, repeatedly, over the last six months or more...

Muted (Dirty) Mint 


Pinks and nudes were still in fine form in Milan this year, but they're pretty much neutrals now and not at all unexpected. We've seen deep dark greens around for a while, but dirty muted mints (and powder blues) are about to have a moment. And I'm not mad.

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Lensvelt

I spotted mint at Lensvelt (above) on their New Chesterfield chair, the walls of the brilliant Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition, in carpet form at the über cool Besana apartment and mint tiles in Tom Dixon's Manzoni restaurant all in Milan. Whilst I keep seeing 'Neo Mint' being referred to, I say dirty it up a bit with a touch of grey to make it more liveable and you're onto a winner.

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The Manzoni 
French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Besana


French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Wallpaper Handmade



Textured Walls


French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Moooi

Textured walls were everywhere, from Moooi to Nalesso with textured wallpapers, textured stone cladding at Salvatori, and sublime leather wall tiles at Studioart. Micro-cement graced the walls of Tom Dixon's Manzoni restaurant, adding movement and depth, completely negating the need for art. It's almost as if a plain smooth painted wall will be be frowned upon soon. Uh-oh...

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The Manzoni 
French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Moooi

French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Moooi 
French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Nalesso
French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Nalesso

French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Studioart

Anthuriums



French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Hem

The sculptural beauty of Anthuriums have been on my radar for a long while and have appeared on the Instagram feed of artist and photographer Maisie Cousins since 2016 on more than one occasion, and they have just kept on popping up ever since. Still tricky to find, but starting to appear in florists near me which I'm pretty damn pleased about - you only need a single stem or three and they will last for weeks if you change the water and add flower food regularly. The coolest blooms on the block and they last way longer than blousy peonies, though I have to say they'd also look fab together. Spotted at Gucci and Hem in Milan.

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Hem

French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Gucci
French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Gucci

Neon Sunset



French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton and Versace were both championing the Miami ombre neon look or as I like to call it Neon Sunset. It was also featured at the Time Printing installation by At Ma, then I spotted it on the cover of the Italian Elle Decor Salone edition at the airport on the way home, so that has sealed it really, so like it or loathe it, you can expect to see it more and more over the coming year.

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Versace

French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
At Ma
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Elle Decor Italy

Ivory Upholstery 



French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Lara Bohnic

This one has been coming for a while, and oh how I wish I could justify an ivory sofa! Alas, with two children and a cat it's not on the cards for me any time soon (although perhaps I could issue a flat 100% ban  from the room? Too harsh?), so I'll just have to drool over beautiful images of them instead. Spotted at Lara Bohnic's Planetaria exhibition at Wallpaper Handmade and Louis Vuitton in Milan, but they've been popping up in the magazines for months. Join in if you dare. And make it bouclé for extra trend points.

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Louis Vuitton 
French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Louis Vuitton
French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
Lara Bohnic

Incense



French For Pineapple Blog - Top Trends for 2020 and Beyond
L'Objet

I know this is a bit of a random one, but it's coming. My mother always burned incense as I was growing up and I have to admit, I hated it as a kid, and have kind of held a grudge ever since. But over the last year I've spotted it in the odd design shop and my stance has softened. A cheaper habit to feed than scented candles (well, potentially!), and I'm ready to dip my toes back in. I've already earmarked a burner or five, so testing will begin imminently. Spotted in all the cool design shops, Gucci and Fornasetti and L'Objet in Milan. You can run, but you can't hide.

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Gucci



The Trio of Keepers

Pink as previously mentioned isn't going anywhere any time soon, nor brass or marble. There was SO much of all three of these around in Milan that I'm pretty sure they no longer sit in the trends realm, but have now earned themselves a spot in the classics category.









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Friday, May 17

Mizumi Collection by Black Edition

[Paid Partnership With Black Edition]

I absolutely loved the Mizumi collection from Black Edition the moment I laid eyes on it. Striking yet serene, the designs are stunning and combine the ancient art of woodcut techniques with modern printing and weaving technology to create a collection comprising of wallcoverings, fabrics and cushions.

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Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Romita Cushion in Pampas

Created in collaboration with Tokyo born artist Katsutoshi Yuasa, the prints reimagine his original works into large formats and repeats. I photographed my favourite design, the Mizumi mural in my home, and played with some of the cushions too. The textures of the fabrics including velvets, jacquards, satins and weaves are truly stunning, and come in either two or three colours depending on the design. You can see the full fabric collection here, but don't ask me to choose a favourite because I love them all!

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Romita Cushion Detail

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Romita Cushion in Pampas, Aiko Cushion in Avocet, Mitoku Cushion in Avocet

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Mitoku Cushion in Avocet
French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Romita Cushion in Pampas

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon and Aiko Cushion in Avocet

The huge mural, a beautiful scene of trees reflected in the water below, measures an impressive 320cm high and 411cm wide and is made up of six drops in total, though it's possible to purchase just half the width of three drops for a smaller space too. Along with all the other wall-coverings in the collection it's paste the wall, making it easier to hang than the traditional past the paper technique.

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Full Mizumi Mural
French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection
Mizumi Mural in Carbon Detail

All the wallcoverings add such lovely movement and texture to a space without being overwhelming, and they come in up to six different colours depending on the design. The mural comes in four - Carbon (main images), Viridian, Midnight and Basalt pictured below.

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Mizumi Mural Colours


You can check out the full Mizumi collection at Black Edition here.

French For Pineapple Blog - Black Edition Mizumi Collection



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Friday, April 19

Milan Design Week 2019 [Fuorisalone Diary Day 5]

Our last day in Milan and we had to check out of our Airbnb at 9.30, so a relatively early start and we headed off to leave our bags at Centrale (the main train station, which is where the coaches leave for the airports).

Then we made a beeline for Kohler which I really wanted to see as we had turned up an hour early for their cocktail party on the Wednesday night and then didn't make it back, so still hadn't seen their exhibit, and I'm so pleased we did!

I'm honestly not sure it's right that I love taps as much as I do, especially when they come is such delicious finishes.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone
Top: Components collection  Middle Left: Ombre Finish Middle Right: Tiles and Candle Canister made from re-purposed ceramic
Bottom Left: Grid Collection Bottom Right: Kallista Collection

But it wasn't just about taps - their intelligent toilets were and digital showers were also on display, as well as beautiful tiles (and scented candle canisters) made from unfired ceramic waste, re-used by their WasteLAB and launching this year in collaboration with Ann Sacks. And baths and sinks of course too. So much bathroom goodness.

Thanks Kohler - we very much appreciated your hospitality area too as we'd not even managed a coffee before arriving.

Next it was on to Wallpaper Handmade, the tenth one to be precise, and showcasing so many talented designers. We were strapped for time, but I wish we could have stayed longer. The star of the show for me was Lara Bohnic's stunning Planetaria furniture and lighting collection, and rugs and wall-hangings in collaboration with Kasthall. The furniture in particular took my breath away - such stunning and unusual pieces that really reflect her jewellery design background.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

I also loved this side table by Robin Grasby using pieces of Temmer Stones' pink and grey 'Afrodit' marble, masterfully made into a terrazzo called Altrock by Grasby in East London.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

USM Modular Furniture created this bespoke colour specifically for Wallpaper Handmade and what a beauty it is! I have to say that the design of the entire exhibition itself with colour blocked areas and neon strip lighting was a gorgeous backdrop and the colour palette was spot on.

 This sculptural folding marble candelabra by Latox Lato also caught my eye.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

Next year they're reinventing Wallpaper Handmade as Wallpaper Re-Made, and the aim is to 're-imagine, co-create and re-make the physical world as a smarter, kinder and more sustainable place'. If the PAL electric scooter - a prototype designed by Benjamin Hubert's studio Layer and in collaboration with Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer Nio is anything to go by, it's going to be very exciting indeed.

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After topping up our left luggage locker we wandered around the railway arches near Centrale. Favourites included...

'I think' by Maarten Baas

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone


Humanscale presented 'Bodies in Motion' which was an immersive exploration of human movement. The lights locked on to key parts of a persons body when on the podium, their movement mirrored by the lights onto a huge double sided screen in the otherwise pitch black space. Very cool.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone




Patterns As Time from Dai Nippon Printing was another favourite of the week for obvious reasons. Pushing the boundaries of printing technology, they worked with deisgners At Ma and NOIZ to create this mesmerising space. Perhaps the most Instagrammable of them all?

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Patterns of Nature by NOIZ

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone
Time Printing by At Ma

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone




I fell hard for this 'New Chesterfield' chair at Lensvelt. Perhaps it was that gorgeous muted mint that was prevalent throughout the week, but the shape and fact it was beautiful from all angles didn't hurt either. The cream one was equally delicious!

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

The Dekton by Cosentino installation was very Zen. Dekton is known to be an extremely durable surface and these polished Bergen and Agra colours were just stunning.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

Our new Vogueing friends were enjoying the beautifully lit tunnel of Dekton too!


Our last port of call was the Alcova exhibition in the disused former panettone factory of G.Cova & Co. I'm so glad EJP dragged me there despite my incredibly sore feet as it was another real highlight of the week, with some brilliant designers exhibiting against the semi-derelict backdrop.

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Secondome

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone
Clockwise from top left:  Alfa / Matthew McCormick / Supaform / Oddness

The central 'Caffe Populaire' space was created by DWA Design Studio alongside Lambert & Fils. With a huge communal u-shaped table and utilising materials such as marble and terrazzo set against the industrial partially open semi-derelict backdrop, it really was spectacular. Seems such a shame that this the incredible space was only temporary.

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

French For Pineapple Blog - Milan Design Week 2019 Diary Day 5 - Fuorisalone

Then it was time to jump on a coach back to the airport and head home, with head and camera roll bursting with inspiration.

See you next year Milano!

Trend Alerts:


Marble / Terrazzo / Pinks & Nudes  / Muted Mint / Greens & Blues / Sculptural Lighting

 Neon Sunset / Monochrome / Brass / Black Metals



Tips & Tricks:

Things I have learnt - don't leave your backup battery charging at home, and make sure your so called EU power adapors are actually the right ones.

Take less skin care and cosmetics (try as I might!) when travelling with hand-luggage.

Don't forget an umbrella, and lots of layers.

Don't stay in an airbnb when the owner is still there or you risk feeling like a naughty school girl when sneaking in super late and it's *quite* awkward with the bathroom.

Steps: 21,911 (We really packed it in on our last day considering we left for the airport at 3pm!)


Total Milan Design Week Steps 95,996. No wonder my feet ache and I can barely walk, but I'm a bit annoyed I didn't do another 4,004 steps to make it to 100,000!

I hope you've enjoyed my Milan Design Week coverage both here and over on Instagram - I've created a highlight if you want to pop over and check out all my Instagram stories from the week!

I'll be back next week with a trend roundup from Milan Design Week.


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