With our already published articles about the lighting trends and the highlights of the Imm Cologne 2017, we would like to discuss the furniture trends of 2017-2018 after intensive research. How do the furniture trends develop, which are new and which have potential for more.
Imm Cologne 2017 offered a new look at the upcoming furniture trends.
Amongst the chairs for dining areas and bars, the shell- and armchairs stood out. They are available for almost every current furniture style and in various price categories. The seat shell, including the backrest, is made from one piece, or the armrests “grow” out of the backrest. Popular for the frame is wood, but also black metal is trending. The seat shells, on the other hand, are extremely versatile. From traditional upholstery to modern plastic adaptions and wood, something for every taste. We particularly liked the selection of the Portuguese company “Fenabel”, which showed several variants of many series.
Among the beds, the box-spring beds continue to lead the race in modern bedrooms.
However, they get competition from flater bed variants with an open foot section and equally well upholstered headboards. Often, the headboards are not only upholstered but also pure wood or metal backs are being offered.
They often have integrated tables or cabinets with LED lighting – which makes them even more interesting than the simple boxspring models. The companies Schramm and Hülsta had a few beautiful models at the Imm Cologne to choose from.
With the sofa sets, we noticed two fabrics that will continue to hold out over 2017.
On the one hand, a cognac-colored smooth leather convinces with classic sofa and chair forms, as shown by Walter Knoll at the fair. On the other hand, velvet optics on traditional or modernly upholstered couches create an incomparably luxurious ambience. Here the pieces of the company Bretz were particularly impressive, which are especially effective thanks to the intense colors and contrasts of the cushions available. The label Ligne Roset with its partly individual adaptations of velvet couches combined with modern lights and accessories also stood out.
The retro-styled furniture will continue to be a trend in 2017.
The Retrostil has been omnipresent at every trade fair in 2016 – regardless of whether it is cabinets, sideboards, armchairs and sofas. At the Imm Cologne 2017 manufacturers experimented with new materials, but also with new upholstery. But we also found very detailed interpretations of classical retro style. The Polish company Burhèns showed a nice selection of retro furniture at the Cologne fair.
Cabinets and furniture are not only made of wood in 2017-2018. Wild oak, pine, acacia, walnut and core beech get competition.
Furniture fronts made of metal, made of colored or frosted (acrylic) glass, with leather or marble, are more and more becoming a furniture trend. The selection is incredibly diverse this season. And many manufacturers rely on modular design and individuality of the furniture. The shapes are now more and more practical. The furniture designs mostly feature no curves and decorations (mostly at furniture feet and knobs) anymore, giving the designs a more modern look. At the Imm Cologne 2017 the furniture from Kettnaker, Hülsta, Temahome and Raumplus were particularly showing this trend. Also the Portuguese label Temahome had some nice and thought-out pieces at their stand
Marble and leather are the new materials for tables, cabinets and shelves.
Whether as a lining, as a front or a belt – the soft stone and the soft feel of the leather convince. By means of new processing methods, very thin plates can be realized which are then placed on filigree metal frames. Leather is coated so that it is less sensitive to dirt.
In the case of accessories, the organic forms of the vases and decorative items, such as hourglasses came to mind. Motifs of plants and animals, as images or sculptures are very popular. This was presumably due to the fact that Pantone had chosen the color “Greenery” for its color of the year 2017. And since green is also associated with nature and animals, the addition to animal motives is understandable. Even indoor plants will play an important role in interior 2017.
As always there was a huge selection of colors presented at the fair. Nevertheless, it was mostly furnishing examples in earthy shades, as well as covered green shades – one of the definitive furnishing trends. In the case of fabric-related couches and upholstered furniture, gray shades prevailed. The leather-covered designs were mostly featured in a cognac or dark brown color. For accents a light yellow, a strong dark orange or red, or PANTONE’s pastel colors of the year 2016 Serenity and Rose Quartz do the trick.
All in all, this is just a small summary of our interior analysis for 2017-2018. Download our book in which we discuss the trends in furniture, colors and interior.