Vertical patterns.

The vertical as a stabiliser.

Vertical structures were visible at many of the exhibitions. In the furniture itself and often also in the stand design. These graphic patterns provide structure and balance.


If we follow the science, the vertical shows us the direct path to the centre of the earth. So it leads us into the depths and lets us look under the surface of our living space. There seems to be no limit to the vertical possibilities. The vertical therefore describes a kind of connection between heaven and earth. No wonder that in times of returning to nature and all natural things, the vertical crops up more frequently.

For Harald Klüh, the omnipresence of vertical patterns was no surprise: "The fact that vertical structures could become a trend was already apparent at the last furniture trade fair in Milan. This year the vertical could be seen everywhere." Countless exhibitors have upgraded their products, the interior design or the entire exhibition stand with the positive effect of vertical patterns. Vertical patterns bring variety to the sleek minimalism and monolithic kitchens, which were still abundant. But they can also combine styles and materials and they work in a great way even with the new maximalism.




Wall tiles in vertical format and vertical slatted fronts make the kitchen by DADA literally reach for the sky.


Vertical patterns don't just serve as design elements - they almost seem to balance. Harald Klüh calls this 'orthogonal balance':

"Vertical structures are positioned at right angles to the floor and ceiling of the room and keep things together. They calm and stabilise". This interesting effect increases well-being and explains why so many lines, stripes and slats were found in Milan. "Don't forget plants and trees," adds Harald Klüh, "because trees and forests are an ancient symbol of the calming power of the vertical".


"Vertical structures balance out the furniture."

Lorenzo Marconi
SCIC Cucine


Patterns, grooves, lines or slats running in parallel turn smooth surfaces into vivid surfaces. This insight is not new - but it offers a few new tones on the keyboard of creative possibilities. In this respect, it is only too understandable that the additional options were immediately incorporated into contemporary furniture design.

STOSA also relies on prominent, vertical wooden structures.

At MOLTENI & C we found fine grained vertical patterns, which orthogonally break up the more horizontally orientated furniture design.