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Top furniture trends to look forward to in 2021

Even though many home- and furnishing-fairs could not take place as usual in 2020, interior designers were not idle. Their current collections give an impression of which colours, shapes and combinations will be in vogue this year.

If you want to redecorate or give your home a fresh look, you'll be on the stylish side with these furniture trends 2021.

1. Colours: warm beige and sand tones create harmony in 2021

Subtle pieces of art in a natural look

Muted colours and light pastel shades are a classic in interior design that you can never go wrong with. In 2021, soft cream and brown tones will lend the interior a timelessly flattering elegance. Shades such as beige and sand combined with light wood create a visually pleasing look.

In light earth and wood tones, even large, robust furniture, such as the Insert Coffee Table by Ferm Living looks light and casual. With its natural colouring and visible wood grain, the sculptural table made of solid ash wood becomes an unobtrusive work of art in the living room.

The Scandinavian label Muuto shows how the "bland" beige can experience an image change in combinations with modern shapes and materials, for example with various dining tables made of wood and steel. On the wall, the Gira Esprit switch series rounds off the muted colour scheme with a natural material mix of linoleum multiplex. The Gira E3 design line also becomes the perfect companion for natural design eye-catchers with a silk-matt soft-touch surface and purist colour palette ranging from warm grey to velvety sand tones.

2. Shapes: curvy sofas become central furnishing elements

Curvy sofas bring momentum to living room design

Curved, flowing shapes in furniture design made their big appearance in the 1950s and already saw a comeback last year. A highlight of this era was the curvy sofa, on which we can make ourselves comfortable again in the new year.

The Julep sofa by Swedish designer Jonas Wagell, for example, is inspired by the curvy mid-century design.

Voluminous curves of the multi-award-winning upholstery collection bring dynamism into the living room.

Curvy sofas demand space and attention. They are a statement that exudes both sensuality and decadence. This stylistic device is also used by the design collective around Brazilian architect Nildo José to create lively living worlds and furniture.

3. Combinations: minimalism meets luxury in 2021


Gira Esprit

15 colour variants, innovative design, sustainable materials: Gira Esprit switches meet the highest quality standards.

Pure elegance: the Gira Esprit switch in a glass frame. Source: Gira

The luxury minimal design brings glamour to furniture trends 2021

Where colour and décor are largely restrained, special individual pieces can shine. "Luxury minimal design" is the name of the furniture trend that gives reduced living environments a glamorous touch with high-quality, material highlights. Between subtle colours, materials such as marble, granite and leather or shiny details in gold, bronze and silver lend the furnishings a touch of luxury. In contrast to classic Scandi-chic, the luxury minimal style can be a little more glamorous.

The furniture of the US label STUDIOTWENTYSEVEN, for example, shows what this can look like. Shiny or reflective surfaces and sparkling details refine the sculptural design of the tables, chairs, armchairs, chests of drawers and stools. The design and architecture agency Studiopepe from Milan also relies on noble materials in combination with clear but original shapes for its furniture and home accessories. If you would like to continue this furniture trend on the wall, the Gira Esprit aluminium switch, for example, with its soft, metallic sheen and reduced design language, will be the perfect addition.

4. Technology: smart furniture will simplify daily life in the coming year

Smart furniture: furniture design with convenient functions

Interior design is no longer just about an appealing, contemporary look, but also about adaptability and functionality. As a result, furniture is also becoming more and more technically versatile and intelligent.

For those who value smart comfort, HiBed will be the right choice in the future.

With integrated lights, speakers and a screen including a TV function, the individually adaptable sleeping furniture is a real dream bed for technology fans.

Smart furniture not only provides more comfort during leisure time but also at the workplace. In the home office, for example, the desks from Tabula Sense offer special conveniences with many technical extras.

5. Lights: fixtures in the shape of soap bubbles will be the eye-catcher in 2021

Bubbled suspension lights: glowing design highlights

Soap bubbles, bubble tea and balloons are what many of us associate with our childhood days. These memories also inspire interior designers to create special designs, which we find again in the 2021 furniture trends in the form of opulent suspension lights.

The Bolle lamp series by the Italian label Giopato & Coombes plays with the look of soap bubbles. Hanging from the ceiling, the mouth-blown, transparent glass spheres seem just as light and weightless as their shimmering models made of soapy water.

A similarly cheerful lighting ambience is created by the luminaires of the Big Bubble Coloured Edition, which float in the room like balloons. Large, voluminous bubbles have become the trademark of Dutch designer Alex de Witte, who presented his first collection of mouth-blown glass bubbles back in 2013.

Simple works of art in subtle colours and natural materials, a touch of luxury, playful shapes and furniture with smart functions: The Furniture Trends 2021 provide exciting inspiration for the new furnishing season, but also leave you with design freedom for your own ideas and individual furnishing style.

Which 2021 furniture trend do you particularly like? Write to us in the comments section which design innovations you would like to implement.

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