America's had a long, boring love affair with beige interiors. But at this year's Salone del Mobile in Milan, the most influential contemporary-furniture show, designers made a case against them, drenching lamps, plates, and sofas in color. It was the ubiquitous blue seating that felt particularly approachable—it's the shade thought to convey dependability and calmness (ironically, not unlike beige).
New York City minimalist Leon Ransmeier painted his MC 8 Chiaro armchair (1) in Bauhausian blue ($444; available this fall at hermanmiller.com). The Gardenias Indoor chair (2), by Spanish designer Jaime Hayon, is azure all over, including the velvet cushions ($4,400; ddcnyc.com)—and an ultramarine colorway helps the Saari XL chair (3), by Spanish trio Lievore Altherr Molina, maintain the crisp feel of its svelte forebear ($2,405; suiteny.com). Japanese design star Naoto Fukasawa based the Roundish sofa (4) on his dining chair of the same name; to make it cozier, he added backrest curves and royal-blue upholstery (price upon request; luminaire.com). Beige—you've met your match.
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