Furniture designs for 2019 take our fractured social, economic, environmental and technological landscape into bold new directions, all in the search for meaning.
Many of the most influential design shows of 2018—Salone del Mobile in Milan, Paris’s Maison et Objet, London’s Design Biennale—shared similar overarching themes such as “Emotional States” or “Virtuous,” each calling for designers to create meaning in design in seemingly fractured times. The result: trends that emerge for 2019 take this social, economic, environmental and technological landscape into new mash-ups, from over-the-top maximalist colour palettes to quieter, nature-influenced design. The other thing these trends all have in common? They’re all pretty damn beautiful.