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Our new furniture and lighting highlights in May

Are you looking for fresh inspiration for your next project? We’ve rounded up some of our favourite launches from the 2020 spring collections.

10 interiors that offer fresh takes on modern wood panelling

10 interiors that offer fresh takes on modern wood panelling

These projects take the renaissance of wood panelling in new directions, playing with scale, profiles and colour to create bright modern spaces with warmth.

Mediterranean hotel interiors inspired by artists’ villas

Mediterranean hotel interiors inspired by artists’ villas

Interior designers are reviving the concept of the remote holiday residence to create escapist hospitality concepts that combine simplicity and warmth.

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Designers embrace limestones to create warm interiors

Moving away from gritty stone surfaces, creators are discovering the softness of sandy travertines to introduce a calm sensuality to spaces and products.

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Gritty Glass: internal textures bring movement to glass

Glass is interesting again: furniture and lighting designers play with the movement, depth and luminescent colour that come from the material’s transparency.

Beige Shades: subtle hues & sophisticated palettes

Beige Shades: subtle hues & sophisticated palettes

The bright jewel tones and pastel hues of previous seasons are now giving way to more muted and sophisticated layers of sand, cocoa, oatmeal and taupe.

Chunky Timbers: reassuringly solid wooden pieces

Chunky Timbers: reassuringly solid wooden pieces

Furniture is taking on a substantial presence, with slabs of timber constructed into pieces with thickly balanced proportions.

High Gloss: lacquered surfaces bring a new deep shine

High Gloss: lacquered surfaces bring a new deep shine

High shine is fast becoming the order of the day in furniture design: Dipped in vivid colours, lacquered surfaces make for richly sophisticated pieces.

Shell Shapes: motifs abstracting life under the sea

Shell Shapes: motifs abstracting life under the sea

Designers take a deep dive into the sea this season, bringing back furniture, tiles and living accessories inspired by crabs and clams.

Retro grade: rediscovering '80s space-age visions

Retro grade: rediscovering ’80s space-age visions

During Milan Design Week 2019, furniture and textile designers launched new ’80s influenced pieces in glossy finishes, techno-colours and hazy ombre effects.

Satin Sheen: brushed metallics create a softer look

Satin Sheen: brushed metallics create a softer look

The evolution of metall furniture and lighting continues with the rise of softer finishes including matte silver tones, dark brass and muted bronze.

Bouclé Bobbles: soft fabrics build 
on the '70s revival

Bouclé Bobbles: soft fabrics build 
on the ’70s revival

Cocooning seating upholstered in soft fabrics with bobbly textures was seen on almost every stand at the spring shows, building 
on the ongoing ’70s revival.

New Stone Age: leaving polished marble surfaces behind

New Stone Age: leaving polished marble surfaces behind

Moving on from an overload of glossy marble and terrazzo, in the New Stone Age furniture designers are turning to more natural textures.

Plastic (R)evolution: second lives for contentious materials

Plastic (R)evolution: second lives for contentious materials

Designers experiment with reusing and upcycling this controversial material into exciting furniture pieces, viewing waste as new raw material to explore.

Abstract Landscapes: designers transform natural sceneries

Abstract Landscapes: designers transform natural sceneries

Natural scenery finds its way indoors as gentle green hills, rough coastlines and mossy rocks reappear as abstract patterns on furniture and textiles.