What will 2016 hold for furniture design?
“I think how we buy and value furniture will change. With new brands like Hem and Tylko using an online model to offer mass customisation at lower costs, we’re seeing contemporary design reach a younger, more mobile audience.
With more people renting, sharing and living more nomadically, these brands have caught on to a need for quality furniture that’s compact, easily shipped, and can be updated rather than replaced as tastes change.
For so long our choices for modern furniture have been limited to IKEA or high-end design brands. This year I think we will see more companies attempting to bridge that gap.”
What was your favourite furniture design project in 2015?
“Structural Skin by Jorge Penadés, a piece I chose for The Aram Gallery’s Extra Ordinary show this summer.
From his research on the wastefulness of the leather industry, Penadés made these side tables using glued and compressed scraps of coloured hide. The combination with polished brass makes us think about what materials we consider luxurious and why.”
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