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Open Houzz Event at LightCo

 

LightCo’s stunning new showroom was the place to be on May 24, 2017 when many industry professionals came for an evening of networking, food and drinks and an industry update about HOUZZ’s digital presence and some interesting takes from Salone del Mobile Milan. For those who don’t know, Houzz is a website and online community about architecture, interior design and home improvement. Houzz website currently has 40 million users worldwide every month – 1.5 million from Australia. The Houzz app has also been awarded the best Android app of the year in 2016. 

Visit houzz.com.au to create your free account.

Houzz editors from Spain, Russia and Italy were on the scene in Milan and dug out the biggest trends in design! They said this year there were no big stand outs, no polarizing huge trends and no spectacular showpieces. The main approach was very “back to basics”, with classic, timeless safe designs. Dominance of basic, unfussy pieces, simple contours, round forms and warm colours featured strongly.

Houzz editors identified several trends at this year's fair.

 

‘The New Basics’ 

Companies concentrated on well thought through items that did not necessarily have a wow factor! This year saw more updates to existing designs with a touch of luxurious minimalism and timeless items with no expiration date!

 

 

Individual Environments - “freedom in your own space” concept

This idea was illustrated at Lago’s booth, where furniture designed in past years, such as the suspended Fluttua bed or the small Air table, was combined in various new environments.

 

The Sofa as Domestic Landscape

This year’s sofas were huge: XXXL is the new standard!

Smaller sofas were also clustered to create a larger piece – and a lot of modular create the space. The intention is to create a place to gather and to evoke a feeling of coziness and safety.

 

 

Lightness and Simplicity Are the New Black

Larger sofas didn’t mean necessarily bulky pieces of furniture Simple lines, neutral colours and rounded forms were combined with skinny frames. These frameworks provide a kind of elegant and delicate feeling.

 

Gray, Beige and Dignified Patterns

Shades of gray, beige and terra-cotta were the main colours at the fair.

They were enriched with interesting textures influence of timeless fashion: Tweed, salt and pepper, bicolored plaids with tiny checks and mélange patterns.

 

Focus on Materials

Deep attention to details especially when it comes to materials.

Stone also played a big role in coordinated color schemes and brass was very popular. It appeared not only in furniture, but also covering surfaces, and in lighting.

 

 

Homes Are Blooming

Flowers and the jungle trend were still hot this year. Lots of banana palms, Japanese maples and regular houseplants.

Nature seems to have inspired not only colors and patterns, but sometimes also shapes.

 

Customization and Playfulness

A lot of manufacturers considered that consumers may want to adjust a product to their personal mood.

We are used to changing the pillows on a sofa’s backrest and selecting the color of light bulbs. Now designers are offering even more innovative ways of modifying furniture.

 

 

Here below some shots of the event