Furniture today, like most of things we purchase,often reflects a lifestyle.Just like our taste in the clothing we wear or the type of carwe prefer, our furniture should be seen as a reflection of ourpersonalities and an extension of our (LIFE)style.
FURNITURE AND DESIGN IMPACT OF LIFESTYLES & TRENDS Focus on residential furniture NEEDSTYPE: APT. OR HOUSE WHO YOUNG ADULTS FAMILIES MATURE (SINGLES & COUPLES) LIVING & DINING LIVING & DINING LIVING & DINING KITCHEN KITCHEN KITCHEN BEDROOM BEDROOM – ADULTS BEDROOM – ADULTS SPACES BATHROOM BATHROOM BEDROOM – TOTS & TEENS RECREATION BATHROOM WORK/HOME OFFICE RECREATION OUTDOOR & PATIO WORK/HOME OFFICE OUTDOOR & PATIO LIVING – Sofas, chairs, lounges; ottomans & stools; accent/coffee tables; storage/shelving SOLUTIONS DINING – Tables, chairs, stools; storage; credenzas; BEDROOM – Beds; dressers/armoires; bedside tables; closets OUTDOOR – Tables; chairs, lounges; WORKSPACE – Desks; chairs; storage; filing LIGHTING* ACCESSORIES* DESIGN STYLES MATERIALS VISUALSLIFESTYLE DESIGN Wood Metal Contemporary / Modern Plastics & Resins STORYBOARDS Traditional / Classic Glass “Local” Leather & Textiles Eco-friendly / Green / Recycled PROTOTYPES
6. ColourOne of the strongest trends noticed at the Milan 2011 Furniture Fair is in thechoice ofcolours.Increased use of bright colors in everything from fabrics, furniture and finishing.Whether it is molded plastic furniture, lacquered wood or metal finish, vibrant colors arepreferred.Use of bright colors such as red, yellow and orange may be the natural reaction to dispelthe dullness of recession. Living room furniture including sofa was presented in many shades of colors includingred, violet and yellow.
Furniture colours are nowRevolutionary!Bright finishes in wood,metals & upholstery areblending in with colourfulwalls, splendid drapery,cushions and other homedécor.
7. Cultural TrendsGhanaian Wooden Ghanaian Stacking Tables Plant Stand
Contemporary African Home side table in solid laminated wenge.
8. Green • eco-friendly materials • recycled wood, metals & plastics • non-toxic finishes & textiles salvaged pine, stainless steel, eco-resin (linea ochre) 16 x 48 x 18 christianbrowndesign.com
At the end of the day, consumers are looking for furnituresolutions that are: Space saving Comfortable Stylish Multi-purpose
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