Salone Del Mobile 2018 – Europe’s Design Epicentre

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The Salone Del Mobile Milano 2018 is probably Europe’s largest furniture and design expo, open both to the Trade and to the public. This year over 434,509 people attended, viewing over 1841 exhibits – with 27% being from countries other than Italy. The feature display – Solene Satellite – attracted 650 designers under 35. It is a show of great innovation, vibrance and style. With visitors from over 186 countries, the show is definitely the epicentre of new directions in both interior design, furniture and future trends.

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Milan has long been acknowledged as Europe’s leading city in both fashion and design and it is this European and Italian style and elegance on which Sulfaro Fine Furniture has based its collection and design direction.

Salone Del Milano is truly an international show. First Prize for the show went to an Italian Designer, Stefano Carto Vasconellas for his exhibit – Cucina Leggara (Light Kitchen). Second Prize was awarded to a Croatian design group Tink Things – for their innovative and therapeutic children’s design project. Third Prize was awarded to Japanese Designers Yuri Himato for the display ’Soft Block’ a very conceptual piece based on modular furniture. Awards also went to Finland and Mexico. As you can tell, the show is a genuine fusion of idea and creativity.

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New directions from shows and events like the Milan event influence future pathways of design and interior visualisations here in Australia, and in this case the Milan show is definitely a global trendsetter.

The direction as evidenced by the show is leaning back towards maximalist in terms of upholstered furniture and ornaments – comfortable seating with low puffy plump and curved sofas.

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Wallpaper is making a very solid return to favour. Milano designers Studio Pepe provided a striking illustration of this direction. Taking a Milanese apartment (circa 1880s), the design team added layers of furniture in terracotta, peach, pink and green – all in perfect balance.

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It’s now time for warm, almost retro colours in Europe. Terracottas, browns, deep pinks, burgundy and teals, with flashes of bright blue and orange. Complimenting these warmer colours there is a return to rich timber grains such as walnut, cherry and other similar retro timbers. Think lush velvets in rich tones of turquoise and ruby.


Here at Sulfaro we are fastidious in remaining true to our Italian traditions – quality craftsmanship and design excellence. We select from the very best fabrics and leathers available.

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Why not visit our Showroom at 650-652 Whitehorse Rd Mitcham. We are open 7 days a week from 10am onwards. Or call prior to our visit on 9872 4608 and make a personal appointment to discuss your furniture and interior design requirements.

At Sulfaro we offer a wide range of contemporary and traditional furniture with accessories and ornaments to accent your selections of Sofas, Armchairs, Dining Chairs, Dining Tables and Occasional Chairs for your home.

Sulfaro – for quality, comfort and detail. Fine furniture of distinction.


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