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By Rubel Zaman
Expert Author Rubel Zaman
Current design trends are ergonomic plus extremes; simplicity, fluidity and harmony. Geometric in shape, tongue in cheek, using earth tones as a backdrop with a splash of color for verve. Slim, natural fibers like wood and steel are complimented with chunky, solid pieces for solidity. Is furniture a game? Long slim tapering legs, support high, dining room table tops, while short, squat, thick and bulky ones support fat, close to the floor coffee tales. How can it be defined, much less explained?
A bit of the space age looks remains to haunt us from our former utopianism. Large light fixtures that resemble at least one planet or perhaps an entire solar system poke fun us. Fifty years later, the United Nations did not promote world peace, and the walk on the moon did not prove that man could overcome the earth’s ageless problems of poverty, pestilence and aging.
Beautiful furniture, in its elegance, function and form dare to presume that life can be lived and enjoyed in a dignified manner. The splash of red table legs pokes fun at the issues of economic recession. Food is on the table, let’s eat! Life goes on, and these daily props ensure that the present is enjoyed as fully as possible.
Hints from the past remain, like patch worked cloth designs on pillows and other upholstery. Hand work has become a relic since machines do the work that Grandma left behind. At attempt to revive traditionalism, with its doldrums and sense of security and lineal ancestry is both grotesque and appealing. Most modern furniture designers shy away from crystal chandeliers – they are too obscene for today’s condensed lifestyle.
Re-stressed wood, iron and other natural fabrics have a special appeal. It seems to carry history in its “bones” or DNA. These worn and weathered, reconditioned and recycled materials are considered desirable materials for cabinet facings, cupboards, bedroom end tables and vanities. When the wood tones don’t match, but nicely complement one another, a new form of art in cabinetry has been achieved.
Even ancient, funky iron office cabinets are being used as functional storage for clothing and documents. These dinosaurs can become actually attractive with an antique finish and application of golden hues against the dark green ugly massiveness of drawers and wall frame.
Furniture accessories of a natural material are often used, like bamboo, wicker, wood, iron, glass, etc. Blasts from the past, like the Banana Chair, window shade, lava lamp, are still welcome guests in design. In short, here are the trends for 2013 – a little of everything – with a few personal touches which are sure to make your house a home.
• The Color Yellow cannot be ignored this season.
• Dimpled, or Tufted furniture. It adds a plush look as well as comfort.
• Fabric – by all means – particularly in Geometric designs.
• Recycled. Eco friendly is elementary in 2013, my dear Watson.
• Modern and Traditional Mixing. See what appeals to your eye and mix it all up.
• Have a basic Theme – like wild animal prints, the Bronze Age, or any other theme that speaks volumes to your family and your guests.
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