Paola Lenti

Milan Design Week 2016

Salone del Mobile and Eurocucina during Milan Design Week were inspirational this year. There were many innovative trends in design, use of materials, texture and detailing which made it a stimulating experience, perhaps more so than the previous few years. We escaped to a beautiful and serene venue, Chiostri dell’Umanitaria housing Paola Lenti’s latest indoor and outdoor collections. A highlight of this extraordinary week.

Colour is always a signature of hers and this year’s collection was no exception. Generally this year there was a clear move to darker, black tones in timber, often combined with warmer tones in new ranges of furniture. Paola Lenti has moved in this direction, but with her own twist. There is an undertone of purple in the dark tones of the new Vincent van Duysen table and chairs, KABA sofa, SUNSET coffee table and SABI sofa – all in the new Paola Lenti range.

Beyond her use of colour, her trend towards metal used on table tops blew us away – the process of polishing the brass used on coffee and dining tables releases the colour differently each time, with stunning effect. New weaves combining threads and colours give a whole new dimension to the AMI chair range. Shapes are organic, inviting and sensual. And materials that she’s developed such as molten glass over lava stone, high gloss ceramic finish and pure white matte porcelain create landscapes of contrast and textural change.

A visual feast.