Sustainability, comfort and style. These are the top furniture trends for the years to come.
Manufacturers have been offering sustainable products but had not been a strong selling point in the past. But now it has caught interest rapidly, all thanks to movements like Fridays for Future. Sustainable furniture is more expensive than average and it is a luxury for most customers.
Ursula Gelsmann of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM) said that people now know that they have to do their part too other than efforts from the governments and NGOs.
She further theorizes that we will experience a phase where sustainability will become more personal.
Trend analyst Gabriela Kaiser says that the trend towards wood furniture will take off in 2020. Furniture that might have previously been designed to have only small wooden parts will increasingly bear more visible wood. Sofas will take on a completely new look with a wooden back panel and wooden armrest will be a completely new furniture trends.
The future furniture trends will see a lot of soft beige and light brown colors. Designs with natural color tones will gain popularity. Blue will also be a huge theme, according to Kaiser. She also spoke of a clear trend toward minimalism, a less opulent furniture.
Markus Majerus, a spokesman for IMM Cologne said that designers will draw their minimalist styles inspiration from Scandinavia and Japan. Furniture trends will see a purist and minimalist design language combined with the warmth that Scandinavian design symbolizes.
Adjustable armchairs and beds are the furniture trends designers are looking into. They are suitable for the ageing consumers. Designing furniture for senior citizens was considered unsexy. But things are slowly turning around as manufacturers are making accessible furniture more attractive. Geismann said that the people have finally realized that taste does not suddenly change at 70.
Furniture trends for the older people will be designed with comfort and luxury in mind. Adjustable furniture like the sofa which you can programme to remember your favorite settings was a big hit at Year 2020 IMM Cologne trade show. Geismann remarked that who would not appreciate a stylish armchair or a sofa which can be brought into a comfortable reclining position at the touch of a button.
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