Design in 2017 – what will furniture design look like?

As part of our series on the future of design in 2017, head of design Ruth Wassermann looks at what will happen in furniture design over the next 12 months.


What do you think 2017 will hold for furniture design?

I think 2017 is the year that furniture relaunches will take hold, and interiors will reach peak 1970s revival.

Last year we saw various designers relaunch designs from that decade, but with new fabric treatments and colours they feel very new and now.

Cor, Ligne Roset and Cassina all have sculptural sofas and chairs in down-to-the-ground, cosy, modular formats.

Whereas quilting was popular for the past few years, a softer, less sculpted look is now coming through, with looser covers on upholstery creating that 1970s den feel.

What was your favourite furniture design project in 2016?


My favourite launch in 2016 was actually Ligne Roset’s relaunch of Plumy by Annie Hieronimus.

It epitomises the 1970s den feel and the modern Scandi pink it came in made it feel very fresh and modern.

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