Salone del Mobile this year saw fashion and accessory brands further encroaching on the world of furniture and product design, extending a trend that has been picking up speed for several years.
They have plenty of reason to do so, as consumer spending on the home has been steadily increasing. A 2015 survey conducted by Barclaycard showed furniture stores recorded 7.4% sales growth in the UK, a three-year high. In 2015, Ikea reported a worldwide 5% increase in sales, bringing total sales to €32 billion in the year to the end of August. And in the US, a 2015 study by CIT Group found that growth in the furniture industry continued to outpace overall growth in the US economy.