top
Stark contrasts
5/22/2012

After a strong presence on the catwalk last winter, its now made its way into the design world: a focus on stark contrasts. Black-and-white effects dominated this year’s Salone del Mobile and made for succinct yet eye-catching furniture and accessories.

Geometric patterns were particularly prominent in their presence in Milan’s trade fair halls, overlaying textiles and surfaces. The presentation of this stark contrast between the achromatic colors was bold and striking and quite often reminiscent of a 1960s aesthetic.

We frequently encountered products presented in their black-and-white color option. The choice of materials included marble, porcelain, glass and stained wood. White isn’t the new black this year, nor vice versa – achromatism is the new color. est

Merci Pop Up Store by Paola Navone in Milan, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Merci Pop Up Store by Paola Navone in Milan, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
“Superleggera” with its black-and-white look, by Gio Ponti for Cassina, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Vivid black-and-white pattern, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Vases with striking patterns by Gervasoni, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
“Farming-net” lamp by Nendo, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
White lounge chairs and black cushions by Gervasoni, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Armchair by Andreu World presented in their black and white color option, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Black-and-white effects at Molteni, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Wallboard with stark contrasts by Molteni, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Black-and-white carpets by Casalis, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Polka-dotted and checked chairs at Merci’s Pop Up Store, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
“Retailored Jensen” armchair by Neil Barrett for Minotti, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
View of the exhibition “Trial and error” by Nendo, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
View of the trade fair stand of Gervasoni with black-and-white effects, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Exhibition at Ventura Lambrate, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Sofa “Élysée” by Pierre Paulin for Ligne Roset, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Black and white tables by Molteni, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
“Corniches” by Erwan und Ronan Bouroullec for Vitra, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Reminiscent of a 1960s aesthetic by MDF, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark
Carpet designs “Mano” and “Gravitacion” by Eduardo Chillida für Nanimarquina, photo © Dimitrios Tsatsas, Stylepark

Products