As the authority on latest fads in modern furniture design, last month’s IMM Cologne also delineated a few contemporary furniture trends that are on their way out of consumer’s homes either because of changing domestic necessities or in lieu of up and coming trends that replace them with more attractive dispositions. Primarily driven by the global financial crisis, the change in trends is meant to make the home more sufficient, its furniture better utilized and the living space maximized.
Small dining tables were functional when not used as often, now are being replaced with modern extension dining tables that give more freedom and capacity to entertain at home. With a wide variety of easily maneuverable, ergonomic modern extension tables, dining at home has become conventional. Manufacturers like Tonin Casa, Cattelan Italia, and Bontempi Casa offer a great selection of extension dining tables with glass or wood tops.
Sofa, loveseat & chair sets used to be the norm when setting up living room or family décor, however, with increasing selection of sectionals, chaise lounges and accent chairs, living spaces acquired a sense of efficiency and space maximization where more people can sit comfortably using less furniture pieces. See Gamma leather furniture as well as Incanto leather collection for ideas on how to maximize your seating arrangements.
Bulky furniture have been replaced with minimal, pieces that help maximize the space with their unobtrusive nature while providing loads of functionality and comfort. Instead of using fewer pieces, use smaller pieces but create multiple spaces, especially in the living or family rooms.
Rustic kitchen surfaces like wrought iron, copper, unfinished wood and whicker are a thing of the past mainly because of their unpretentious nature, lack of sophistication and disregard for the environment. While granite, marble and stainless steel continue to remain most popular, emerging trends in kitchen surfaces include clean and minimal materials like glass, quartz, and a wide variety of green, recycled materials. Our faves are kitchens by Scavolini, Aster Cucine, Bontempi Casa, and Valcucine.
Plain upholstery no longer provides that luxurious look sought for their living area. While minimal in nature, plain upholstery materials lack the depth and distinctiveness that is found among patterned materials that also help express its owners, separating their decorative qualities from the rest. If using fabric upholstery for living room furniture, select timeless patterns, perhaps geometric, if looking for a monochromatic look, then use fabrics that have multiple tonalities from the same color family, similar to tweeds. See fabric upholstery for Polaris modern sofas and contemporary sectionals.