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21st Century Furniture Trends

Drake & Morgan's bar design featuring eclectic layouts

Since 2000 there have been numerous furniture trends, some longer-lasting than others. These are the ones that we recognise.

Kuadra round side chair

Kuadra round side chair

Around 2000 the trend was for chrome and light woods such as beech. Table tops were often veneered for a crisp appearance.
naima side chair

Naima Side Chair

Contemporary Classic

This evolved into ‘contemporary classic’, clean, timeless look. Fabrics were plain and muted.


Mykonos lounge chair similar to Barcelona chair

Design Classics & Poseur Tables

Then came the design classics – Barcelona, Eames, Corbusier. Poseur tables briefly came to the fore.

Louis Ghost armchair

Louis Ghost armchair

Plastic Chairs

Plastic chairs were gaining in popularity and became mainstream.

eclectic layout

Eclectic Layouts

A change of direction saw mixed ‘eclectic’ layouts become popular, with geometric and bold fabric patterns.

Romano coffee table

Romano coffee table

Table Tops

Solid wood table tops became widespread. This was followed by vintage industrial/reclaimed, and table tops got much more interesting.

Coubert lounge chair in retro style

Coubert lounge chair in retro style


The latest major trend is retro, where chairs often have more than one fabric. What will be next? We've got a few ideas. Keep your eye out for our next Style Guide or review the latest ones in the Design Resources section of our website.

Topics: Furniture trends, Furniture knowledge

By Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth Paula Stanbridge-Faircloth on 22/01/18 11:37
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