Trends in furniture for 2019

At the end of 2018, we looked at the trends in furniture. Now it’s time to take a look at the trends in furniture for 2019, so to do that we start with the first exhibition of the year, imm cologne. Although not a leading trade fair when it comes to trends, it is Europe’s second largest and most important furniture trade fair, and therefore gives a lot of insight into the consumer taste in furniture in Europe.

Imm Cologne 2019, trend “Atmosphere” booth.

The textile comeback

Although fabric has always been a central feature of upholstered furniture, in recent years there has been a great revival of upholstered chairs and armchairs.

Flow chair, by Jean-Marie Massaud for MDF Italia, upholstered and covered with printed fabrics.

Moreover, even in sofas and armchairs with simple shapes, it is a triumph of printed fabrics, textiles, bouclé, quilted velvets.

Sofa Mah Jong, designed in 1971 by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois, new coverings.

From the classic of the 70s Mah Jong sofa, by Roche Bobois, to the contemporary Tellin by Arflex, armchairs, small armchairs and sofas increasingly use colors, textures and iridescent colors.

Ligne Roset presented a padded and quilted velvet for the sofa Uncover, designed by Marie Christine Dorner.

Uncover sofa, design by Marie Christine Dorner for Ligne Roset.

Trends color: green

At the beginning of 2019, many companies introduced the color green, which seems to be much appreciated by customers. Verpan proposes again in green the sofa Cloverleaf, designed by Verner Panton in 1969.

Cloverleaf sofa, designed by Verner Panton in 1969, manufactured by Verpan.

Antoniolupi also explored the bottle green color for the Albume washbasin, designed by Carlo Colombo and made by Cristalmood.

Albume washbasin, by Cristalmood, designed by Carlo Colombo for Antoniolupi.

The Arp sofa, covered in velvet and designed by Sebastian Herkner for the Dutch designer Linteloo, is also green.

Arp sofa, designed by Sebastian Herkner for Linteloo.

Lema suggested the green for the Fantino armchair, a project by Gordon Guillamier, covered with velvet and with a comfortable and enveloping shape.

Fantino armchair, designed by Gordon Guillamier for Lema.

Gallotti & Radice also focused on the green, much appreciated by the public, with the Audrey sofa by Massimo Castagna.

Audrey sofa, by Massimo Castagna for Gallotti & Radice.

100 years of Bauhaus

Many of the furniture of today, still very modern, were designed in the 20s and 30s of the twentieth century, at the Bauhaus. The centenary of the foundation of the Bauhaus, perhaps the best known school of architecture and design, is celebrated in 2019. From there came out furniture, fabrics, watches, tableware, cutlery, and more, products that last without any effort for 100 years and are still very much appreciated and on the market today.

Imm Cologne 2019, exhibition for Bauhaus 100th anniversary.

The German company Tecta, which produces and markets Bauhaus products, revisited the F51 armchair. The F51 armchair was designed in 1923 for the “Director’s Office”, a project by Walter Gropius (founder and director of the Bauhaus from 1919 to 1928) for the first “Great Bauhaus Exhibition”.

Director’s Office, designed by Walter Gropius for the “Great Bauhaus Exhibition”, 1923. (Foto Tecta).

The 2019 version of the F51 armchair features new coverings, designed by Katrin Greiling.

Barcelona, one of the most popular armchairs of all time, is also celebrated by Knoll for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus. The armchair celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2019: it was designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe in 1929 for the German pavilion at the Barcelona Expo. Mies Van Der Rohe was director of the Bauhaus in the last period, from 1930 to 1933, the year of its definitive closure. The limited edition will be in 365 copies, one per day for 2019.

Poltrona Barcelona, designed by Mies Van Der Rohe, 1929, limited edition for the Bauhaus 100th anniversary.

The MR, the lounge chair designed by Mies Van Der Rohe around 1927 and still manufactured by Knoll, has also been revisited for the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, and is covered for the first time in fabric.

MR lounge chair, designed by Mies Van Der Rohe, 1927 ca., manufactured by Knoll, special limited edition for the Bauhaus 100 years anniversary.

100 years of Bauhaus with Thonet and the “bistrot” chair

Thonet, the “mother” of woven cane chairs, celebrates a double anniversary: 200 years of life, 100 years of Bauhaus. The Thonet 214 chair, also known as the “bistrot” chair, is perhaps the most copied chair in the world, as well as being the first example of a chair designed for industrial production, consisting of 6 pieces, 2 plugs and 10 screws, packed to hold 36 chairs in a box of one mc.

The model 214 chair by Thonet, also known as “bistrot chair”, is one of the first example of industrial packaging.

To celebrate this double anniversary, Thonet presented new versions of the 214 chair and the MR 515 coffee table by Mies Van Der Rohe, and plans to hold an exhibition in May 2019 at the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Chair 214 di Thonet, two-tone version, limited edition only in 2019, for Bauhaus 100 years. This version is designed by Besau Marguerre design studio.

The evergreen vintage

Vintage keeps fascinating. In addition to the countless products of the Bauhaus legacy, Verpan has also put the inflatable stool designed by Verner Panton in 1960 back into production, specifically for Prada for 2019. A special edition for sale only on line or in selected Prada stores.

Inflatable stool designed by Verner Panton in 1960, re-edited by Verpan for Prada.

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