Fine metal brass frames, a 70s resurgence of fringed furnitureand Terrazzo as the new ‘it’ material for restaurant tables and counters…Emily Schweitzer of Inside Out Contracts gives the low-down on Salone del Mobile Milano and what’s hot in restaurant and bar furniture for the year ahead…

Salone del Mobile Milano (the Furniture Fair equivalent to Milan Fashion Week) has just welcomed residential and commercial design pilgrims from all over the world for its 57th packed-out week of design showcases.

As furniture events go, this couldn’t be more important to UK’s hospitality industry furniture suppliers and contractors and it’s an event that Inside Out Contracts has been going to for nearly 20 years.

Salone Del Mobile Milano is at the forefront of new trends in furniture design, material innovations, emerging furniture makers and highly anticipated new furniture launches, showcasing over 2,000 of the best furniture designers and manufacturers. It’s where the most influential people in the furniture industry congregate to help determine our industry’s next big thing.

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The team at Inside Out Contracts has been attending the Salone since 1999 and each year we bring back our Salone discoveries in new materials, trends, furniture designs and even furniture prototypes to our showroom.

From the manic taxi rides to and from the fair to our 10K+ Fitbit readings, we visit the fair to meet with our existing Italian and European furniture makers as well as discover new makers and new furniture designs for the year ahead.

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Fringe is in

Fashion had the flared jean and now furniture is getting a 70’s reboot with fringing as seen on chairs, bar stools and ottomans at this year’s design fair. Backed up by the Pinterest Home Report this year, ‘fringe furniture’ experienced a 275% increase in searches by users than in previous years.

Adding statement detail, we predict this playful trend will be seen in French Bistrot style restaurant and homely-feel boutique hotel openings across the UK this year.

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Terrazzo tables

With terrazzo an endless imagination helps. Coloured stone chips, chip size and combination of stone chips from marble, quartz and granite can be customised along with the colouring of the clay.

Most commonly used in flooring terraces and tiles, this bygone material is now at the height of chic luxury furnishings and is making its way from the terrace and has been adopted by designers for table tops and complete concrete table designs.

Our pick of the endless Terrazzo ranges: Fior di Pesco. A grey concrete mixed with white, charcoal and dusty pink stone chips.

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Fine frames

Macro trend in fine metal frames for upholstered furniture could be seen on almost every contemporary furniture maker’s stand at the fair. As a means to update classic wooden leg chairs and stools with eye-catching brass or black metal frames, this new trend easily imbeds a contemporary aesthetic to what would otherwise be traditional design.

Different in comparison to the industrial trend, these fine metal frames are predominately finished in brass and teamed with luxurious upholstered seats for a high-end look.

Emily Schweitzer, Inside Out Contracts.