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2022 roundup of the most popular furniture design trends – which have stood the test of time?

  • Hygge: This is a Scandinavian term originating from Danish and Norwegian term ‘hugga’ from the 1500’s. Taken to represent the feeling of being cozy, comfortable and content – it’s often compared to the feeling of settling down in the middle of winter next to a fire with a good book.

 

  • Lagom: This also comes from Scandinavia – this time from a Swedish phrase. ‘Lagom är bäst’ translates to ‘just the right amount’ and is now considered an approach to both lifestyle and décor. Focusing on reducing unnecessary clutter and ensuring that the remaining furniture pieces are as functional and aesthetic as possible. An uncluttered environment lends itself to a more focused mind.

 

  • Bauhaus: A style initiated in 1919 at an arts and design school in Germany of the same name, Bauhaus style favours functionality and simplicity. Combining simple geometric shapes in it’s design, Bauhaus style is synonymous with clean lines – often punctuated with bold primary colours.

 

  • Kindercore: A recent trend, kindercore comes from the German word for children – ‘kinder’. Focused around simplicity and incorporates simplicity, imperfectness, and silliness. A way to brighten people’s moods, bright colours and youthful designs serve as a juxtaposition to more minimalist Scandinavian furniture trends.

 

  • Memphis: Despite the name, the Memphis design movement started in Milan, Italy in 1981. A reaction against the status-quo at the time, Memphis design takes colour inspiration from pop art and 1950’s kitsch. Identified by laminate and unexpected shapes, Memphis design attracted a significant niche following due to it’s unusual aesthetic appeal.

 

  • Eclectic design: Formed from the coming together of many different and juxtaposing styles, eclectic style requires bold decisions. Relying on experimentation and daring, this style layers multiple interior design approaches on top of one another to create an unflinching aesthetic.

 

  • Biophilic: As the name suggests, this style of interior design centres around a love of nature and the outdoors. Biophilic design offers an approach whereby the comfort and reassurance of nature is brought into the room. As we collectively spend more and more time indoors, it’s logical With research suggesting that this soothes our cognition and benefits wellbeing, it’s likely that more and more furniture decisions will revolve around nature-inspired shapes and lighting.

 

  • Newstalgia: A fast-growing trend in 2022, newstalgia combines a retro interior with more modern touches to create a reassuringly familiar style with luxurious accents. Combining nostalgic elements with some of the technological convenience of 21st century living, newstalgia combines the best of different eras together. With people curating a healthy work from home environment, this trend is likely to become more widespread.

 

  • Maximalism: A design trend that has persisted for centuries, maximalism has always held an appeal for those traditionally wishing to display as much as possible. Built on a basis of patterned and bright colours, maximalist style aims to lend a joyful and exuberant energy to the room. This style is more prevalent amongst individuals with varied interests and allows the opportunity to showcase different pieces together.

 

  • Minimalism: Gaining in popularity since the late 1960s, minimalism aims to reduce the room’s aesthetic down to its core – meaning that any excess or non-essential elements are stripped back. By reducing the amount of stimulus, it draws the observer’s attention to the furniture and design choices that have been included very deliberately.