The Fun is Back in Furniture!

furniture trends 2010The design world is in Milan for the annual iSalone jamboree, the big Italian fair where designers show off the latest trends -- the stuff they want stores to sell us this year. It's the time when the design-savvy learn whether home furnishing goes "back to Baroque" or if the "impersonal industrial" will rule what we buy.

Because nobody invited me to Italy I'm relying on reports filtered through a haze of long dinners and all-night parties being enjoyed by others, to see what might be in our living rooms in the year to come.

A hint from home furnishings style bible Elle Decor:
Because the long dark night of our economic depression is over (or at least receding), designers are "looking to have a bit more fun." But as we're still shell-shocked by the recession and don't have as much cash -- or don't want to be conspicuous consumers -- there's a new focus on handmade, crafty, "more personal" objects. To make us feel better about all the grim tidings, one imagines.
Did you hear that, potential furniture buyer? Fun is back!

And while these particular pieces -- like any featured on the floor of the Milan Furniture Fair -- are in a higher price echelon, it's only a matter of time before affordable knockoffs are created. (It's a lot like the frenzy that occurs to create Oscar dress knockoffs). In the meantime we will continue to monitor what's happening on the showroom floor (via the Internet) with help from our friends at design site and with our Elle Decor guide in hand.

And you'll hear from us again when the affordable versions hit the streets.

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