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Furniture Trends That I’m Loving

I was recently on a business trip in Hamburg doing some consulting for a top magazine here and was able to break away a bit from the boardroom to pop into some favorite shops like Eden Living. I spotted lots of furniture from Italian design firm Gervasoni that I really liked and wanted to highlight so you can see a few of the local trends in my part of the world.

Furniture finds

First, I see rattan, wicker and cane in furniture and lighting again this year — especially since it’s nearly summer and we’re having an amazing spring ever since mid March with warm temps and sunny skies. Most are out shopping for furniture to “spring-up” their home, balcony, patio, garden… and rattan and other nature materials curated from nature, in addition to synthetic “faux” versions that are water-safe, are all the rage. You see them used both indoors and for outdoor furnishing. It’s common to find them in grey-brown finishes, or just gray, or natural, but also black or white — you’ll occasionally see them in bright colors like red, yellow and hot pink, too. I love the chairs shown above that are both white and natural… that’s a look you don’t see very often is it? Oh, and rattan and metal combined is something you can see too.

I’ve also notice seating (sofas in particular) with unusually high backs (seen above, bottom right). Have you spotted any of those in your part of the world?

Furniture finds

Another pretty trend I’ve noticed more and more is relaxed, cozy seating in stone gray, white and black with exposed seams. You can spot this “exposed seam” trend in both modern sofas and seating as well as the more country styles. If you look at the images above, notice the gray and eggplant chairs with the exposed seams — I love this look. When you sew, it’s normal to hide the seams by tucking them in and then sewing on top but for this trend, the edges are sewn on the outside for a rough “exposed seam” and I totally love this look right now, especially when the sofa has clean lines and is kind of squishy or the chair has nice lines like the one shown above.

Furniture finds

Chunky tables, gray-brown and gray wood, exposed seams, rattan, round backs on chairs, rattan lighting painted in high gloss black or white (or gray), these are things that I’m liking at the moment in the world of interiors trends. Of course, that gray headboard with the white edging is gorgeous too – wooden headboards with exposed boards are also a trend – though mostly kept natural and left with a straight edge — but I love how the one above is so fancy – quite a nice look I think, especially if your bedding is kept simple yet layered, with the focus more on texture and materials over pattern. Stripes would look amazing on a bed like that!

What trends in home interiors are you spotting where you live? Do you like any of these things shown above?

(images: gervasoni)

Posted by decor8 in Objects, Trends on May 24, 2011

Your comments...

  1. dana perea bloede commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 6:32pm

    …i love the grey hues on everything, i wouldn’t of thought that color on walls or furniture previously

  2. Tamara, Bella Boho commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:10pm

    I was just perusing a couple of Euro sites and the wicker lights were everywhere! Linen and wicker are a match made in heaven. Please send some of that nice weather to the States, it’s been a less than stellar Spring!
    Tamara, Bella Boho´s last blog post ..tuesdays treasure- cape town bungalow

  3. Juliette commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:18pm

    I have been loving the high-backed sofa and chair trend and think an enveloping sofa is such a great idea. It’s very cozy and comfortable looking, but modern. I could totally see something like this in my home.
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  4. Lauren commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:18pm


    I looove those hanging white light pendants as well as that dramatic grey headboard!
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  5. Emily commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:44pm

    I really like the natural and white chairs (photo #3) – they remind me a bit of the woven chairs that are always used at outdoor cafes in Paris, but more comfortable and casual. I would love to have those on a porch or patio for the summertime!
    Emily´s last blog post ..Another year older the blog- that is

  6. BODIE and FOU commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:48pm

    Oh my…the white linen sofa in the top set is the set by Paola Navone I have been dreaming of since I saw it at MERCI in Paris last year.
    It is stunning and would so complete the look of my lounge and the master plan I had in mind. Unfortunately, our dog Lucas likes using our sofa like if it was his and last week end, I painted a pallet to convert it as a coffee table on which is now lie down on it…I guess the good thing is that is no longer on my sofa!

  7. Iro {Ivy} commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 7:54pm

    Gosh! first picture on the top left of your third collage….what an incredible table + chair creation! Wonderful finds Holly!
    Could I asked you to share the link of that picture I mentioned…hopefully ?!
    Iro {Ivy}´s last blog post .. one step at a time

  8. sarahhardaker commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 8:22pm

    we are finding that french grey is our best selling colourway this month.

  9. Christine commented
    May 24th, 2011 at 8:41pm

    I love Gervasoni, and have spec’d their furniture for clients. What I love the most is the linen sofa, it’s such a comfy and relaxing sofa, but beyond my budget for now. I saw a similar one in Crate and Barrel not as stunning but it still looks good and comfortable.

  10. sécia commented
    May 25th, 2011 at 1:02am

    that last chair on the bottom left=awesome.

    sécia´s last blog post ..weekend in pictures No3

  11. Steph Bond Hutkin (Bondville) commented
    May 25th, 2011 at 1:34am

    We were at the Sheraton LAX in May last year and the lobby was full of high-backed single and multiple-seat sofas. Lots of grey, black, white and a touch of red and silver. I took a few pics:
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  12. Monica commented
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:18am

    Gervasoni is a fantastic line. I first discovered them at a small garden furniture shop last year. I love the Sweet 27 Chair in black and it is super comfortable – perfect for lounging in the shade on a hot day.
    Monica´s last blog post ..Pink

  13. hena tayeb commented
    May 25th, 2011 at 9:23pm

    Love the muted tones and the grays.. I have a charcoal gray living room.. and the cut out headboard is awesome.
    hena tayeb´s last blog post ..Two Year Etsyversary

  14. Barbara commented
    May 29th, 2011 at 10:31am

    I have a Ghost sofa in white (yes, white, with two kids under 7 in the household) and I love it! Paola Navone has been designing for Gervasoni for some years now, and she is doing the most amazing job at providing fresh, modern ideas which are fast becoming true classics.

  15. E. Arredi commented
    August 21st, 2011 at 10:07pm

    i’ve seen some sofas with high backs but is not a trend… (yet)

    greetings from Roma, Italy

  16. Kylie VK commented
    January 26th, 2012 at 1:58am

    The fact that woven patterns and rustic wood is coming into trend is wonderful. They are such classic textures that are so versatile. There is not a color that could not work with them. The covered chairs, however, look like bad slip covers.

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