Designers Jan Mackay and Tim Jackson of Jackson Clements Burrows share their thoughts, inspirations and highlights from a year they describe as "global". What key theme did you see this year?
Chairs of all kinds with wings or high backs, built in storage behind sofas, simple steel shelving, thinner bench tops, clever furniture and storage ideas for small-scale living environments, relaunching of some design classics.
What were your new favourite products from Living Divani?
My favourite product would have to be Piero Lissoni’s Lipp sofa, which combines a modernist shape with traditional detailing so it could sit happily in any environment.
What was the overall highlight for you this year?
Walking into the Moooi space and being overwhelmed by the power and the scale of the images which perfectly offset their unique design pieces.
What influence/inspiration/lasting impression will you personally be taking home this year?
Simple but clever design solutions, natural materials, highlights of colour, fine steel detailing and no compromising on the comfort.
What advice would you give anyone attending the fair?
Allow yourself time in Milan. It’s not just a fair, but an immersion of design throughout the city for a week everywhere you turn.
Describe the Milan fair in one word.