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Trends From The Furniture Industry

Designing retail, residential, hospitality, healthcare, and office spaces is a “whole picture” endeavor. Designers need to be aware not only of the nature of the spaces they plan, but also what will fill those spaces. Keeping up with the latest trends in the furniture industry will help you as you plan and execute your designs. Let’s take a look at what is currently happening in the furniture market, and what may be coming up in the near future.

An Industry on the Rise

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Globally, the furniture market has a predicted growth of 5.2% through 2023, driven primarily by increased purchases by millennial customers and ease of purchase from online platforms. Buyers are also increasingly drawn to multi-functional furniture that can serve several purposes (like daily use and storage) in space-saving packages. Finally, luxury furniture design is enjoying more popularity, as customers are demonstrating a willingness to pay more for high-quality goods.

Furniture Design & Ecommerce

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As with many consumer goods, online shopping for furniture continues to grow in popularity. Tech-savvy millennial customers are driving this trend. But other customer segments are also increasingly willing to buy outside of brick and mortar locations. In addition to dedicated online retailers, retail locations that maintain physical locations are attempting to capitalize on virtual shopping, with some offering same day pick-up at their stores of items purchased online. Incentives like free delivery and installation are also driving the competitive market of online furniture sales. Online “influencers” (those with large social media followings) are also advancing the market, encouraging their followers to replicate their décor styles by promoting certain brands.

Multi-functional Furniture

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Consumers want their furniture design to serve multiple purposes. As more and more employees are working from home, residential furniture must also serve as part-time office pieces. Many retailers are also integrating technology with their offerings – furniture with built-in charging stations are increasingly sought after in home and public spaces. Multi-functionality is also tied to space-saving; as consumers are drawn to smaller, more efficient living spaces, furniture that can be used in various ways and is portable (or even foldable) is desirable.

Demand for Luxury

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As domestic and global economies continue to recover from the recession, consumers are finding themselves with more disposable income, and luxury furniture purchases have increased. As noted above, more buyers are finding themselves drawn to social media influencers, many of whom advertise higher-end brands and materials. Premium wood pieces (e.g., mahogany), along with leather, glass, and metal designs are gaining popularity. At the same time, consumers remain cognizant of the environmental impact of their purchases, and more furniture manufacturers are assuring their customers of eco-friendly materials and responsible practices. Those who can provide the “sweet spot” of style and sustainability are poised for profit.

Arclin design overlays for TFL are the perfect backdrop or complement to any furniture choice. Our environmentally-friendly products provide easy maintenance that makes them at home in any space and our broad range of palettes ensures TFL fits beautifully in luxury-minded designs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help with your upcoming design projects.

Best of Ikea Furniture

When IKEA’s founder, Ingvar Kamprad, asked his father for money to launch his entrepreneurial pursuit in 1943, it’s hard to imagine he had any idea how successful his venture would become! IKEA started off by selling mostly small household items like pens, wallets and picture frames, and eventually added furniture five years after it’s opening. In 1956, IKEA’s famous and innovative flat pack and self assembly options were introduced with the LÖVET, now called the LÖVBACKEN, end table. By staying focused on design, innovation and the environment, this has propelled IKEA to become one of the largest furniture retailers in the world.

IKEA keeps the planet and their customers in mind. Although almost ⅔ of their home furnishings are made from wood, they’ve invested in ways to improve forestry management practices. Staying true to their cultural values to make more with less and minimize waste, IKEA ensures that the trees used for their products are utilized in their entirety. IKEA products represent simplicity and minimalism at its best, offering quality products made from sustainable resources at affordable prices.

We researched the best of the best that IKEA has to offer:

BILLY Bookcase

Launched in 1978, the BILLY Bookcase clearly doesn’t go out of style. Known for its customizability, it can be as small or big as your heart desires by adding on additional components. It comes in IKEA’s four signature colors (white, birch veneer, black-brown and brown ash veneer) so it is as versatile as it is customizable. In fact, the BILLY Bookcase is such a perfect blank canvas to design your own space that it has spurred an active following of BILLY Hacks, creative ideas of how to up-cycle or put a personal touch on how these bookcases are used.  On top of that, its eco-friendly, smart design uses the least amount of wood possible.  

Fun fact: it is estimated that every 5 seconds a BILLY is sold somewhere in the world!

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LÖVBACKEN

A little table with a big story: Originally the LÖVET, this piece made a successful comeback as the LÖVBACKEN side table. With a 5-star rating, this Mid-century Modern inspired classic is now one of the most popular items sold at IKEA. We love it because it’s compact, and small enough to flat pack, yet probably the most useful stylish thing you can have in your home or office.

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The POÄNG Armchair

The POÄNG Armchair is another piece that has earned its “classic” title for the past four decades. This product is definitely a crowd pleaser, selling a whopping 1.5 million units each year. It is available in full-size, kid-size, rocking and ottoman form. We love that you can put your own style on it by choosing from a variety of cushion styles and washable covers. Plus, it is made with renewable sources of cotton and wood, giving you the option to recycle.  arclintfl_ikea_poang-armchair-beige

The MALM Series

The MALM series is a minimalist’s dream. It includes bed frames (with and without storage), several drawer chest options, office desks, accessories, and even a book! We love it because you can combine all the Malm products for the full experience, or keep them separate and still look chic. These products are also comprised of 80% renewable wood.

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STOCKHOLM Rug

The STOCKHOLM rug is a fan favorite, and for good reason. It is available in various designs and colors. It is also durable and soil resistant so it can literally be placed anywhere. We love this product for several reasons: not only does it look amazing, adding a nice pop of color and design to your space, but it comes with a special story. Every single STOCKHOLM rug is handwoven with 100% pure new wool in India by the most skilled craftspeople. arclintfl_ikea_stockholm-rug-flatwoven-brownKLIPPAN Sofa

An IKEA classic introduced back in the 1980’s, the KLIPPAN Sofa is kid and wallet friendly. We love this sofa because it’s dependable and functional, plus it is cozy enough for two. A machine washable seat cover can be purchased for the two-seat sofa. Cover colors are available in black, white or yellow. The KLIPPAN is the perfect base to accessorize with pillows and throw blankets. Add a side table on either end of this piece to create an inviting space.

 

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