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When it comes to furniture, 2017 seems to be the year of an intensified interest in space-saving options, multifunctional qualities, color and a return to nature. Stepping aside for oversized pieces and sleep-inducing neutrals like beige, furniture will be both smart and charismatic. Here are a few things that we will most likely see assert themselves in the interior design world.
In 2017, nature continue to serve as inspiration in the most unexpected ways. The KIPU upholstered fabric pouf designed by Torbjørn Anderssen and manufactured by Lapalma takes its shape from the look and chromatics of smooth river pebbles. The functional advantage is the ease of restructuring interior spaces by moving these poufs around as needed.
The same flexibility makes Patrick Norguet’s Degree stool for the Kristalia collection an attractive option. It serves as a stool, table and storage unit and recalls the simple yet inspiring shape of a graduate’s top hat.
As a response to an ever-growing desire for achieving the ultimate comfort, Jonas Søndergaard Nielsen‘s tile chair adjusts to the shape of the body by allowing its upholstered diamond-shaped pieces to move.
Upholstered furniture is here to stay, but it takes shapes inspired by modern design. They satisfy the need for function and beauty, but restrain themselves from turning into massive, overwhelming pieces. The DALMA sofa designed by Draga & Aurel for Baxter is a perfect example.
Modern vibes, coupled with an evident love for woodworking, reverberate in the Spada chair by Fabianno Sarra. The chair maintains clean lines and uses natural materials (domestic ash and white oak) – a growing trend in furniture design.
An old idea gets a new treatment in the SOL rocking chair by Constance Guisset. The enveloping shape is an instant invitation to relax, while the fluid aesthetics of this aluminum chair is due to the long radiating lines and soft curves.
While office designs try to emphasize and encourage openness, communication and collaboration, the need for privacy has led to happy compromises between the two. The Allermuir Haven sofa provides both openness and a space for recollecting.
Finally, an innovative trend gains terrain in the design world – that of 3D-printed furniture. The Gaudi chair and stool by designer Bram Geenen is inspired by Antoni Gaudi’s church architecture, with perfect distribution of forces used to create a strong shape.
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