Natural materials, LED lighting and bold bursts of pastel colors continued to be popular trends on one of the largest international design stages, which featured the latest creations in furniture and interiors.

The Milan Furniture Fair, held April 9-14 in Milan, Italy, kicked off the Spring design season in its typical stylish manner with exhibits that were departures from the seminal European modular look. One display, a traditional closet walk-in, was finished in neutral creme colors with crown and trim moulding. LED lighting was installed over hang areas and shelving.

Also, a wardrobe from architect Tadeo Ando, who introduced a curved, plywood chair at the furniture fair, was finished in a warm brown with two sets of bi-fold doors enclosing compartmental hang areas, shelving and drawers.

The theme of this year’s show, “Interiors of Tomorrow,” was succinctly illustrated with architect Jean Nouvel’s “Project: Office for Living,” consisting of five work areas depicting offices and home offices that are not only functional but creative and inspirational.

The 52nd Milan Furniture Show featured thousands of furnishing, lighting and office products shown for the first time. More than 2,500 exhibitors participated and the number of visitors overall was approximately 324,000 with large delegations of American architects on hand to see the latest designs.

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