4 Furniture Design Trends to Watch for in 2020

As the year begins, we are thinking 2020 furniture trends. Each year brings new styles and fads in furniture that make their way into the pages of design magazines and across social media sites like Pinterest and Instagram. We did some research on what to expect in 2020, and here’s what we found.

Trend 1: Barstools

tractor-seat-stool-richard-bissellArchitectural Digest lists barstools as a top pick for 2020 furniture trends. They predict that barstools no longer need to be relegated to just kitchens and local watering holes. According to Benjamin Pardo, design director of Knoll: “As people spend more time collaborating, moving from seated to standing, working at higher tables and counters, the barstool is increasingly popular because of its inherent versatility.”

Try this trend with a Vermont twist with a tractor seat stool made by Guild member Richard Bissell Fine Woodworking from Putney, Vermont.

Trend 2: Made to Order

House Beautiful created a list of design trends to kick off the year, and made to order, or custom furniture, landed the number 2 spot.

More buyers to want handmade, customizable items. Designer Josh Pickering says: “We will see people commissioning more unique, one-of-kind pieces. Ready-made, mass-manufactured pieces have come so far aesthetically that good-looking is not enough to cut it for people anymore. It needs to be unique, special, and they want quality.”

Our members have always been for this trend! They are each poised to work with you to create a custom piece that you will love.You can find many of our members featured in galleries and events across the region. Find a show or gallery featuring Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Or, connect with a Guild member by viewing our Master Furniture Makers list and Journeyman Furniture Makers list. 

Trend 3: Coffee Stations

coffee-server-john-lomasAccording to the Pinterest 100, an annual list of 100 emerging trends, coffee stations are a trend to watch.

Pinterest considers an idea a “trend” if it shows significant search volume and an upward trajectory for at least six months. If creating a  coffee station is on your wish list, then 2020 is the year for you to make it happen. 

Are you ready to make space in your kitchen for your very own altar to caffeine? Try a custom made server by Guild member: John Lomas Custom Furniture of Hinesburg, Vermont.

Trend 4: Eco-Friendly Furniture

Consumers’ continued focus on sustainability is driving the eco-friendly furniture trend in 2020.

We explored what makes our members’ custom furniture sustainable in a recent blog post: What Matters Most When It Comes to Sustainable Furniture. We know this “trend” is here to stay and look forward to 2020 being a great year for Vermont craftspeople.

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