To come to some sensible advise on furniture trends for the coming years, we always fall back the key trends found on the Milan furniture fair.
This Milan Furniture Fair reveals the biggest design trends for 2018.
If you follow any interior designers on Instagram, you’ll no doubt have noticed photos from Milan Furniture Fair (Salone del Mobile Milan) dominating your feed in recent weeks.
This annual event, now in its 56th year, lures the biggest industry names from around the globe for the largest trade event of its kind.
SofaSale designers attended this year’s fair to observe what’s next in the ever-changing world of home design.
We would like to give you’re a sneak preview of the latest trends for the coming year and see what we expect will hit the Hong Kong Furniture market in 2018.
An abundance of warm and earthy colours were on display at this year’s fair, replacing the more minimal palette of previous seasons.
Tones of sienna, tan, terracotta through to stronger rust and russet were used all over on walls in rooms, as well as furniture and accent decor objects.
Popular accent colours on show were black forest, emerald green and watermelon red.
A standout experience at this year’s event was The Visit – a truly immersive experience into an early 1800s Milanese apartment where the current colour trends were played out in the most sophisticated and tangible way.
Designed by Studiopepe, each room tells a story through the layers of furnishings, and shows how to mix terracotta, peach and pink with green in just the right amount.
The trend of concealing storage and tableware was reversed this season, with plenty of freestanding cabinets with glass doors and open shelf racks for showing off crockery.
The latest collection by Vincent Van Duysen for When Objects Work featured earthy colours in terracotta, glazed ceramic, glass and wood finishes. You would want to show them off.
Wallpaper in the living spaces is back and here to stay.
The key trends are either geometric or organic. Geometric designs take cues from the Memphis style with dashes and stripes like the Weft Collection at Texturae, (which are similar to Greg Natale for Porter’s Paints.
Organic styles were seen with soft and watercolour markings, or paint splotches, such as the handmade wallpapers by Martyn Thompson.
These tend to be easier to live with, as they form a softer backdrop than bold geometric designs. Stay away from floral or damask designs.
Milan showed a move towards comfort in couches, with many low, puffy, curved and plump shapes.
A favourite was an interesting sofa Isla designed by Note for Sancal. It is almost like a daybed platform, with a backrest which divides the seating into three parts.
Many designers took to showcasing fringing on furniture for a luxurious look with an edge.
The fair showed a move towards comfort in couches, with many curved and plump shapes.
Referencing 1950s glamour, long fringing was used as a skirt on marble coffee tables and also running along the bottom of a red velvet sofa at Editions.
Our suggestion to you: try introducing fringing with a few stand out cushions for a quick update.
Homewares and styling
On the topic of styling, it is ‘more is more’ at the moment, however an edited selection goes a long way.
Popular styles and materials displayed on homewares at Milan include terrazzo, velvet, ottomans and side tables, lamps, brass objects, handmade glazed ceramics, mouth-blown coloured vases, wooden vases.
Indoor plants have been in our homes for a while now, and there was no indication of this changing anytime soon.
Textile wall hangings are still a strong trend, especially with a modern take.
In terms of decorative art, think outside the box. Textile wall hangings are still a strong trend, especially with a modern take.
Studio Toogood designed wall quilts using a combination of sewed on fabric pieces and painted on colour to create organic shapes and markings.
The move towards colour is continuing in the bathroom, not only through tiles, but also basins and toilets.
We saw colours such as soft plum, dusty blue, dark green, beige, brown and charcoal by Cielo.
These colours let a basin blend into a dark and moody bathroom, without the contrast of the usual white.
If budget is no problem, then a bath cut entirely out of a slab of brown or black stone seen at Boffi and Agape is a knockout.
The final verdict
What’s in: Warm colours, natural stone, cacti, curved shaped furniture, wicker, cordless lamps, black kitchens, portable lighting
What’s out: Florals, damask, polished glossy stone, white kitchens and bathrooms, copper and rose gold finishes, minimalism, shiny high-gloss finishes
What’s next: Suede, more designers collaborating with mass-produced furniture brands, Asian-inspired design, red accents.
Last Call for all made-to-order furniture orders.
Every year our Chinese manufacturing base in the South of China, will close for 2-3 weeks during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Some of our manufacturers have taken in the last orders already, which they will release and ship out just before the Lunar New Year, in early February.
In general we take our last orders this week, so act now and place your order on-time. Or else we will deliver your order 3-4 weeks in the Lunar New Year, which will be in March 2018.
The above Last Call is only for our made-to-order furniture, if you can not wait, you may to look for our in-stock products. Please contact our Customer Service team for more detail.
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Inflatable chairs are great for bringing to the outdoors, since they give you a functional outdoor furniture that can pack into a pouch on your backpack. Problem is, they also require pumps that take up room in your pack, leaving them just a little less capable in the portability department. The Air2Chair changes that.
Unlike other inflatable chairs, this one doesn’t require any kind of pump to inflate. Instead, it uses one of those modern inflatable setups that requires you to just move it through the air to sufficiently inflate. According to the outfit, all you need to do is hold the mouth wide open, take a couple of steps until it fully inflates and seal it (a process that should take no more than 10 seconds). From there, you can use it to sit back, relax, and give your legs a rest.
When fully inflated, the Air2Chair looks like a bean bag lounger – you know, the kind you probably had in your dorm back when you were going to school. Except, the darn thing is inflatable and designed for the outdoors, so you can sit on it whether you’re lounging in the backyard, partying at a festival, or soaking up the sun at the beach. With a deep and wide seat, along with an equally wide and tall back rest, the chair should support your whole body, with a feel that the outfit claims resembles “floating on a cloud.” Yeah, we’re not sure how you’re supposed to float on a cloud, either, but we’ll take it. Because of that wide profile, the chair supports a variety of lounging positions, so you can plop down in different ways without feeling awkward.
Construction is triple-coated nylon for the chair with double-stitched seams, so this should handle sand, grass, and paved grounds without any trouble, although they offer an optional protective mat that allows you to use it on rocks and similar terrain without taking damage. Since nylon probably won’t be comfortable as a seat, it comes with a suede cover that zips along the edges of the resting sections to serve as a seating surface. The suede, by the way, is water-repellent, so you can use it by the poolside, enjoy drinks while sitting on it, and even use it in the rain without leaving it soaking. It’s washable, too, so you can just throw it in with the laundry when it gets a little too dirty for comfort.
Do note, the Air2Chair isn’t designed to stay inflated for an entire day. Instead, it slowly loses air as time passes, likely requiring you to reopen the closure and refill it after four hours. Considering the whole process takes no more than 10 seconds, it doesn’t sound like all that much of a hassle.
Transform your home into a festive gathering place for family and friends this holiday season. By sprucing it up with some simple show-stopping trimmings, you will turn your Hong Kong home into a merry residence while you prepare and celebrate the holidays. If you are intimidated by DIY projects, we have found crafts that are as elegant as they are easy to create. They are a great way to add some holiday spirit to your home in a classy and stylish way (without spending a fortune). If you do not have tons of extra time to craft and spend hours decorating, keep reading. To get you in the mood, we share this wonderful decorated Church, with neat details on modern furniture and Christmas artefacts and decoration.
Our easy effort ideas are perfect for you. Let your beautifully wrapped gifts serve as decorations until they are ripped open on Christmas morning. Or, consider hanging your holiday cards to your banister to add a pop of color and cheer instead of tucking the greetings away. Want to add some elegant Christmas trees to your repertoire of decorations? We can help you create edible versions that will sweeten up your kitchen or entryway. Here’s another tip to keep your décor elegant: stick to a similar palate. Metallic accessories look great in most spaces and add some shimmer and shine to create that festive feel.
For an unexpected and sophisticated display, keep your pairing (wreath and trio of candlesticks) minimal. This grapevine branch wreath makes a wow-worthy decorative piece with its combination of evergreen branches, pomegranates, and amaryllis blooms.
Looking for a clever way to display the holiday cards that come your way? Use clips or clothespins to string them along the staircase.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but your fireplace looks so delightful. Set a cozy scene by wrapping twin birch logs in twinkling holiday lights. Sprinkle mercury glass candlesticks and votives along the sides for an extra boost of shine.
Let It Snow
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Dangling from a window, these cascading strands of silver and white gift bows create the illusion of falling snow.
In this blog and video you will find some handy tips on how to clean your fabric sofa.
Most sofas come with removable fabric covers, so the cover can be easily removed for dry-cleaning. If your sofa does not come these removable covers, or you do not want to go through all hassle of removing them, washing them and place them back, below some easy to follow tips and tricks to clean your sofa.
Red Wine Stain:
Begin immediately by soaking up the liquid with a paper towel.
Saturate the stain with soda water.
Dab up the liquid with a paper towel.
For heavy stains, scrub the sofa with baking soda.
Use a toothbrush to loosen the last of the stain.
Finally, vacuum the sofa fabric clean.
Prevention is better than a cure, don't let your pet on your sofa, of cover up the sofa.
But if it's too late, use a rubber glove. Make sure the gloves are textured.
Simply rub the hairs away. Ensure you vacuum all the hairs away.
Oil and Grease Stains:
First cover the stain with dishwashing liquid.
Rinse with a damp cloth until the detergent is gone.
For deep stains mix equal parts of water and ammonia.
Scrub with a soft brush to remove the stain. Consult the manufacturer is the stain persists.
Put ice in a plastic bag and apply to the gum until it hardens.
Then slowly peel the gum away.
Follow these easy tips and tricks and your old furniture may look like new!
SofaSale furniture used by our Hong Kong interior design customer.
Everyday we work hard developing new furniture pieces, and since we offer a wide range of different furniture products, from Sofas to Beds, from dining chairs to Outdoor Lounges, it does give great satisfaction once interior designer specialists recognise our style, and use our products in their projects. Below project is unique, since for this project we supplied a wide range of furniture and in the end it all comes together in good harmony. Are interested to do the same, please do not hesitate to contact us, we are always available to offer free interior design advise and help you mix and match our product into your design plans. We do offer a great level of flexibility in terms of size changes, fabric and leather options etc. Just to ensure you can build your dream interior in your Hong Kong home.Above:Lundana Sofa Cruzman Single Sofa Marble Coffee Table Glass Side Table Above: Reagan Glass Top Table Tiara Dining Chair Above: Burnham Cabinet Above: Bilbao Sofa Funky Metal Coffee Table Above: Tulip Table Master Chair
Great article in the SMCP Post magazine on Kids furniture in Hong Kong
Cristina Sanchez-Kozyreva sums up her 5 favourite pieces of kids furniture. Not limited by any budget, she selected breathtaking furniture pieces from Eames to Magis, these products show you that just because it’s for children doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful. Exclusivity seems to be the high on the selection criteria. We are delighted that Cristina selected our Mini Egg Chair in the exclusive range of 5 kids furniture seating. The Egg Chair mini with a price tag of only HK$ 2,390 is clearly setting itself apart from the rest.Egg Chair mini.
Harry Rocking Stool | HK$ 12,000
Bambi Stool | US$ 375
Mico | HK$ 2,400
Eames Elephant | HK$ 2,100
Mini Egg Chair | HK$ 2,390
Please read the full article on the SCMP website: http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/design-interiors/article/1995990/fun-whimsical-furniture-hong-kong-kids-home
A daybed frame is generally raised off the ground, providing plenty of room for storage underneath. This can consist of built-in drawers or open space to stash holiday decorations, as well as a spot for a trundle bed that pulls out to create an extra sleeping spot. If you’re looking for a daybed that can sleep two people, find one that has the trundle included so you don’t have to purchase one separately. For added comfort and a piece that feels more sofa-like, try an upholstered daybed. If you really want some extra room to spread out, look for a full-size daybed, as most come in twin sizes to fit smaller spaces.
What’s the difference between a daybed and a futon
Although they are both very similar in the purposes they serve, there are some major differences between the two that every buyer should know:
Futons: Think of futons as sofas that double as beds. Because their primary function is seating, they need to be a bit firmer to account for more frequent use by multiple people. A futon needs to fold up and down to switch functions, so often the overall sleeping area will be slightly larger than that of a daybed.
The above Gustav SofaBed is an example of stylish Sofa, which can be easily changed into a comfortable double bed, this is a Futon.
Daybeds: Think of daybeds as beds that double as sofas. Their primary function is for sleeping, so they will feature an actual twin-sized (or larger) mattress instead of cushions, and will typically be on the softer side. Daybeds do not fold up and down, so the seating depth will be greater than a futon, but can be easily adjusted by adding pillows as backrests.
The above is the Benchy Day Bed. Which can be used during the day to sit more people in your living-room or office.
SMCP Post magazine on October 23rd 2017.
A selection of breathtaking tables with some price tags well past the HK$ 100,000 ++ mark. Exclusivity seems to be the high on the selection criteria. We are delighted our budget table Holten has made it to the selection of the exclusive range of 6 dining tables. The holten with a price tag of only HK$ 3,690 is clearly setting itself apart from the rest.Neto Table | HK$ 218,900 | Andante Holten Table | HK$ 3,690 | SofaSale Makha Tae Table | HK$ 129,500 | P Tendercool
Split Dining Table | HK$ 22,380 | Says Who for Woud, from House For Goodies.
Miyazaki En Table | HK$ 20,500 | Igloo Homeware
Edwards Dining Table | 25,900 | Bowerbird Home.
Please read the full article on the SCMP website: http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/design-interiors/article/2115673/six-long-dining-tables-youll-want-linger
Hong Kong apartments require efficient storage furniture solutions. Whether your home is large or small, the opportunity for added storage is always welcome. When choosing a bed with hidden storage, think about how frequently you need to access your things, ottoman-style lifting beds give maximum storage and gentle finger lifting, the best solution for frequent use.
Review our Milton Storage Beds in below video.
Another way of creating more floor space in your tight Hong Kong apartment is using the double function of your furniture think about, a stylish living-room sofa, which build-in foldable double bed. Enabling you to transform your living-room into a cosy bedroom in seconds. Your wall mounted TV will serve you well from a sitting-lounge postion to your lay down bed position. Below on of our best selling Sofa Beds, the G611 SofaBed.
A more traditional way to create storage, is off course and wall storage cabinet. At SofaSale we custom-make them for you. So you can utilise your full wall to create the maximum amount of storage space, from floor to ceiling. Good to know we use recycled wood, which gives full character to your furniture.
Above the tailor made solid wooden Burnham Bookcase with storage solution in American Ash wood.