The Milan Furniture Fair is the biggest event on the annual design industry’s calendar, in 2013 marking its 57th year. Buyers, designers and media from across the globe descended on Fiero Milano fairgrounds – spanning over 400 000m2 – to enjoy a programme of Salone Internazionale del Mobile (furniture and accessories), Euroluce (lighting), SaloneUfficio (office) and SaloneSatelite (young designers and students). The World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 pop-up store on Corso Garibaldi in the Brera district was an impressive campaign. It really made us South Africans feel very proud. Bring it on, 2014 – exciting stuff! TRENDS: Vertical Storage: Vertical storage now seems to overshadow the previous trend of vertical gardens. Classic Revival: Many large brands concentrated on reviving and relaunching their tried and tested classics, such as Vitra Home. Colours: Colour played a major role across all furniture companies. Pastels such as candy pink, terracotta, mud, soft blue, coral and violet. Neutrals and de-saturated colours painted the mood. Pale pink was the colour used by many manufacturers, while candy hues were also prevalent. Materials: Solid woods, marble, seams of brass and (to a lesser extent) copper were favourite materials for home interiors. Wood: Bare wood, solid wood and truly beautiful joinery appeared to be the biggest trends. Brass: With metal used liberally in a vast portion of designs, brass made an appearance as a top new trend. It was used as a detail on furniture and lighting, giving designs a real Fifties look. Many manufacturers had industrial elements in the designs. Clustered Lighting: Clustered lighting was a big trend, as seen at Flos, Moooi and many other big design names. Collections That Stood Out: Moooi was impressive as always, with a 1 700m2 space created by Marcel Wanders.