HOMI OUTDOOR_Home & Dehors is the new exhibition project by Fiera Milano, coming to Fiera Milano (Rho) for the first time from 13 to 16 September 2019, an event entirely dedicated to furniture, accessories and decor, scenarios for living, for experiencing all the freedom of the domestic environment and its outdoor space. The event, set to take place once a year in September, will, therefore, represent a wide range of products that combine design, functionality and research, anticipating sector trends, in synergy and continuity with what the HOMI Lifestyles Exhibition has always proposed in its autumn edition. It will represent a diversified platform to add value to a continuously growing market, characterised by increasingly specialised distribution channels and points of sale. Houses with a terrace or garden are the most sought-after on the property market, those small “oases” proving to be a favourite place in which to spend our free time or welcome friends. And it is thanks to these open-air spaces that a house becomes complete, even taking on a new dimension.
New solutions – objects and accessories that rewrite the difference between “inside” and “outside” living space, often obscuring that distinction completely, towards a new dimension of living. Even the smallest terrace can respond to your every need. A hammock, for example, strung between the balcony and the outside wall and easily packable when not in use, can replace a deck chair or chaise longue and offer similar elegance. Shelving, whether wooden or metal, can be used to house a vertical garden, with small pots of climbing plants or aromatic herbs that cling to the structure itself. A balcony or terrace is a multifunctional space, so an accessory or furniture element placed in its centre, or in the most usable part of the space, can give these areas a precise application. Colours are particularly important when designing an outdoor space. The chosen colour scheme can say a lot about our balcony or terrace, with neutral colours inspiring minimalism and elegant modernity, while a bright palette, of South-American influence, for example, can make for a fun outdoor space. Lastly, artificial light is also important in outdoor spaces. It can even rebalance shady areas during daylight hours, creating particular effects, and is, of course, fundamental during the evening hours. Alongside specifically designed accessories, there is progressive contamination of genres and uses that even sees indoor items decorating open-air spaces in an entertaining and original way. A brief round-up of accessories, including those for exclusive outdoor use as well as more general elements that are essential in an outdoor space: cushions, tablecloth, barbecue, lamps, perfuming. Create a mix by blending styles and cultures: this is the approach that emerges. If an open-air space can, in fact, take on multiple personalities, the ability to create one that cannot be classified and stands out as being unique and original is to be admired. Then the first edition of HOMI Outdoor will only prove this, demonstrating how the home already begins outside the home.