When it comes to predicting furniture trends, it seems that the future’s bright – and filled with space-age shapes that add both comfort and a sense of playfulness to our homes.
Soft organic forms are teamed with curvaceous outlines, with bright pops of colour on a backdrop of white, for an ultramodern look that is relaxed and calming.
While classic and traditional designs will never go out of fashion, furniture designers will always be pushing the boundaries to create new styles. Advancements in technology and materials mean that furniture can mould to our body shape or be controlled and adjusted with the click of a button.
This is a trend that doesn’t look good cluttered; clever storage units are needed to keep surfaces free of stuff to really show off the sleek lines of your contemporary space.
Mirrored storage like this Lumos Gliding Door Wardrobe can make smaller spaces appear larger and create a bright, light room, while providing plenty of storage to keep stuff out of sight.
An ultramodern design scheme is quite a commitment and not something that can be achieved through adding a few key accessories. It’s worthwhile investing in key furniture items that will endure fads to become design classics.
The Himolla Cumuly Chester set of sofa and armchairs offers leading edge design with beautifully soft leather, for a super comfortable chair. The technology of the Himolla range enables adjustments to be made to the back, neck and foot rest parts of the chair for ultimate comfort. All you have to do is sit back and relax!
Another brand at the forefront of modern design is French brand Ligne Roset, whose investment in research and development has created some beautiful, ground-breaking pieces. The Ploum Settee utilises foam technology, enabling the entire sofa – seat, arms and back – to mould to your body shape as you relax in its super-soft form.
Also from Ligne Roset is the Interstice Table, a stunning piece that would look great in a minimalist room – and illustrates how natural materials such as wood still have their place in uber-contemporary design.
Not all space-age designs are brand-new; in fact the trend first began in the 1960s – inspired by the international space race and first landing on the moon. Some pieces from this era still look futuristic, like this Kartell Eros Chair designed by Phillippe Starke with its egg-shaped polycarbonate seat.
Another classic is the Metropolitan Chair from B&B Italia. First launched 11 years ago its design still looks ultramodern. The hallmark of this small armchair is the uninterrupted flow of the seat and armrests to create its unusual shape.
Whether you favour an ultra-modern scheme or 60s-inspired space-age pieces, keep clutter to a minimum and invest in well-designed furniture for a fabulous, futuristic feel.
All of the products are from Barker and Stonehouse (www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk).