The Furniture Chronicle | 2019/20 trend report


During our 20 years in the contemporary contract furniture industry we have gained an invaluable amount of knowledge and expertise.

From this we have become attuned to discovering the latest trends with our presence at the key design fairs throughout the season.

From Milan Design Week to IMM Cologne, Maison & Objet in Paris and Stockholm Furniture Fair, we jetset from one exhibition to the next to uncover the shapes, styles and textures of tomorrow. This means that the products we offer are the most up-to-the-minute creations from the industry’s innovative trailblazers.

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With so much inspiration on offer, we have compiled our findings in our 2019/20 , Furniture Chronicle – a report of the 2019 trends that will see us into 2020. Here’s just a snapshot of what you’ll find in the full publication as we guide you through fair by fair.

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IMM Cologne

IMM took us on a soothing journey through the colours and shapes of emotional states. The trend for metal frames continued to be prevalent throughout, with many designers pairing this harder finish with softer upholstered elements.

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Maison & Objet

Opulent and playful aesthetics highlight the combination of modern materials. Rounded shaped and circular features was one of the main undercurrent trends at this years Maison & Objet.

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Stockholm Furniture Fair

Clean lines and abstract spaces underpinned ‘The Unfolding Village’ installation at Stockholm Furniture Fair, created by Shanghai-based Neri & Hu. This set the tone for the pieces exhibited throughout the show, with geometrics set against softer, rounded shapes.

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Salone Del Mobile

The pinnacle fair of the season and one we have been visiting for the last 15 years. The era of choice being mid-century for many brands in Milan, with retro glamour seen through iconic shapes and styles of bygone times, though updated for modern spaces’. Recycled materials and eco-efficient manufacturing was also favoured in alignment to global trends beyond the industry.

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Outside of spotlight new designs and trends continue to evolve. While plush upholstery remained key, cane, rattan and woven features dominated this year. Natural-inspired materials are increasingly being used across furniture, either for an entire piece or used subtly in the extended arm or back of a chair.

Discover the full trend report by downloading the Furniture Chronicle in full here.

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