The perfect tonic after months of non-stop hard work for the design team, Salone del Mobile, Milano 2016 was awesome!

From the moment we landed until the moment we left, Milan was a feast for the eyes. Everywhere we turned there was exquisite detail. Whether it was architecture, structure, colour, materials, food, or flowers, our creativity was stimulated well beyond expectations.

Milan is a vibrant, stylish city, steeped in history and offers an eclectic mix of not-to-be missed events throughout the year. During Milan Design Week in April, the city is swarming with an enthusiastic and inspiration thirsty band of international architects, designers and specifiers all requiring sustenance and accommodation. The efficiency with which the city and its locals coped with this influx was beyond impressive and at no point did it feel over crowded or too busy. With free Wi-Fi access throughout the city centre and encompassing the subway, navigating Milan was simple and hassle free.

Representing the biggest event in the World’s furniture calendar, it is certainly one not to be missed going forward.

Material trends we noticed across furniture, lighting, kitchens and accessories were marble, copper, timber, leather, coloured glass and plastic. Typically, most of our compatriots in design took the opportunity to showcase their own personal sense of style whilst representing their company’s latest offerings which of course added to the exciting mix of colours, textures and materials.

There was a strong sense of reality at Salone Satellite, a platform for emerging designers. Gone were the old desires to be rich and famous. This was replaced by altruistic concerns about society and the planet and a determination to make a living working on solutions for real world problems through new ideas and of course the exploration of the latest new materials technology has to offer.

In short, this networking and buying opportunity had a massive visual impact on us resulting in whet appetites for innovation, quality and originality. A determined, refreshed desire to stretch ourselves beyond self-belief and way beyond our competitors.

All that said and done, emerging from the Metro at “Duomo” to the breath-stealing sight of the oldest Gothic cathedral in Italy alone, would quite possibly have had the same affect.

Milan, we will be back!