Monday, October 30, 2017

Tabletop and Hospitality Style Themes Observed at Host Milan 2017

Our industry style makers put on quite a show in Milan last week, exhibiting their wares at the 40th International Hospitality Exposition.  Hollowick took the opportunity to scout the show floor looking for trends and new tabletop products.  We also hoped to find confirmation of some of the style directions we are currently following.

There were several common themes among tabletop and furnishings exhibitors.  Color and decoration on tableware were abundant.  Vintage cut crystal dominated the drinkware booths.  Materials and finishes including rustic woods, concrete and brass were also prevalent.

Matte black and traditional blue and white colors on dinnerware are trending.  Dishes with natural textures, like wood grain and stone hit the mark for connecting nature to the table.

Other color observations include red accents.  This is nothing new, but we saw more red than usual in tableware and furniture.

Decoration is making a big comeback.  Patterns on dinnerware, yes, but also on flatware handles and accessory items. 

Vintage themes like decorative Edison filament bulbs and antique brass fixtures are now fully saturated.  But the most dominant vintage look is happening in drinkware.  Throwback glass textures and cut crystal items were everywhere.

Industrial influence was there, but not as overtly as we expected.  Concrete as a tableware material/texture has arrived.  Several companies exhibited either actual concrete items or very accurate looking faux concrete surfaces.

We noticed, weathered finishes on flatware that support the vintage/industrial aesthetic.

In fact, flatware finishes are getting more extreme and varied.  We spied gold, copper, black, and even variegated finishes that change depending on light angle.

Metallic finishes were a popular sight on all types of tableware.  It is safe to say that gold/brass is now a thing.  In fact, you might say there is a trend towards luxe/opulent style in dinnerware, flatware and serving pieces.

We also spotted some interesting lamp designs, mostly in the furnishings building.  Some of these could have some tabletop or hospitality accent lighting influence.

Arrivederci da Milano!