The personalization implied by these trends throws the very concept of “trend” out the window, at least in part. As people continue to love and choose mid-century modern furniture, for example, others will have the freedom to find an era they love (art deco, perhaps, or Victorian) and go for it. focus on curating pieces from this period, says New York Design Agenda. This will blur the trendlines into each other.
When the current cycle began to take shape, trend watchers naturally looked to COVID-19 as a factor. In an uncertain economy and spending more time at home than ever before, we scoured our attics, our parents’ attics and the vintage goods market for inspiration. What we found was furniture that was comfortable, unconsciously ornate, and generally more suited to 24-hour living than the rigors of mid-century modern minimalism. What we discovered was also right around the corner, unhindered by the supply chain bottlenecks and various kinds of shortages that commercial interests were grappling with. Shortening these bottlenecks further confuses companies, which rely on selling products at a sweet spot between current fads and “bold” ideas a year ahead of time (via Basecamp’s Signal v. Noise blog).
Trends can also be expansions of influence from other areas of life. Sustainability is on almost everyone’s list of furniture fashion trends, which could revolutionize the very meaning of style in the direction of “slow fashion”, a term coined by textile consultant Kate Fletcher to describe a clothing fashion movement promoting environmental awareness and economic fairness, and resulting in intentional, higher quality, timeless, curated and multi-functional collections (via The Ecologist) … which are also characteristic of current furniture trends .