The Furniture Fair in Milan closed with cautious optimism, bringing the best products in the world of furniture and décor to the Lombard capital. A growth that could also give impetus to the leather industry
Glimmers of an economic recovery accompanied the four days of the Salone del Mobile Milano, the international showcase for furnishing and design which was held last April in the Lombard capital. The Italian furnishing system closed 2015 with a turnover of 24,924 billion euros, up 3.4% compared to 2014; an increase that, for the first time in seven years, has had a positive impact on the domestic market (+1%) and a further consolidation on international markets (+6.1%). The signs of recovery emerging from the figures of the Salone confirm the robustness of the Italian wood-furnishing manufacturing system, which closed 2015 with a total turnover of 40,722 billion euros, up 2.7% compared to the previous year. Weighty figures, highlighted above all by the record-breaking number of visitors: never before in the previous 54 editions of the Salone del Mobile Milano has there been 372,151 attendees (with a 4% increase compared to 2014, the year in which the biennial Kitchen and Bathroom exhibitions took place). 30% of the 2,407 exhibitors came from abroad, a percentage that comes close to 70% if you consider the entire aggregate of business operators.
“With 67% of attendees from abroad, most of them high profile and with robust spending power, according to comments from exhibitors, this edition has yet again confirmed the strong international vocation of the event and the importance of exports as a crucial element for today’s industry, a fair that is becoming more and more international, therefore, drawing qualified attendees from all over the world, attracted by the creative and productive excellence of our industry, recognising the value of quality furniture and furnishings.”
explained Roberto Snaidero, President of the event.
This moderately “rosy” picture should also be partly reflected in our industry, which finds an important outlet in furnishings. Once again this year, in fact, the Salone has shown to be an excellent showcase for the leather industry. Although many brands have focused on other materials (natural or synthetic fabrics), leather – which adds a touch of exclusivity – continues to attract more renowned designers. Leather mainly lives in the living area, which favours the warm and reassuring colours of brown in all its shades, without however neglecting lighter colours or black, a colour that has always been synonymous with elegance and prestige. Leather chairs with velvety and soft effects or armchairs and ottomans with leather padding and covered in soft inviting leather.