A history of
furniture trends
and our 2022 predictions

Trends may come and go, but we’ve noticed a new movement emerging in the furniture industry that’s deeper than a fad.

Not only is it now en vogue to invest in high-end furniture that will last for years, keeping the planet in mind is at the forefront of the latest 2022 furniture trends and beyond.

furniture styles history

A history of
furniture trends
and our 2022 predictions

Trends may come and go, but we’ve noticed a new movement emerging in the furniture industry that’s deeper than a fad.

Not only is it now en vogue to invest in high-end furniture that will last for years, keeping the planet in mind is at the forefront of the latest 2022 furniture trends and beyond.

Why are people investing in high-end furniture in 2022?

The furniture design landscape has evolved significantly over the decades due to lifestyle influences and global events. The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world we live in massively which has caused society to be more aware of how small actions can significantly impact the wider world.

These sentiments have since evolved and become an intricate part of how we all make choices in our everyday lives. Now there is more emphasis on sustainability and longevity instead of solely keeping up with aesthetic trends when buying furniture to create the ideal living space. Instead of buying cheaper pieces, people are opting to invest in high-end furniture for a more sustainable approach to enhancing their homes.

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Sustainability is a 2022 furniture trend that will last

The furniture design landscape has evolved significantly over the decades due to lifestyle influences and global events. The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world we live in massively which has caused society to be more aware of how small actions can significantly impact the wider world.

These sentiments have since evolved and become an intricate part of how we all make choices in our everyday lives. Now there is more emphasis on sustainability and longevity instead of solely keeping up with aesthetic trends when buying furniture to create the ideal living space. Instead of buying cheaper pieces, people are opting to invest in high-end furniture for a more sustainable approach to enhancing their homes.

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How can I incorporate sustainability into my favourite furniture trends?

The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world we live in massively. These profound changes have caused society to be more aware of how small actions can significantly impact the wider world. These sentiments have since evolved and become an intricate part of how we all make choices in our everyday lives.

Not only is it now en vogue to invest in high-end furniture that will last for years, keeping the planet in mind is at the forefront of emerging 2022 furniture trends.

Why are people investing in high-end furniture in 2022?

The furniture design landscape has evolved significantly over the decades due to lifestyle influences and global events. The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world we live in massively which has caused society to be more aware of how small actions can significantly impact the wider world.

These sentiments have since evolved and become an intricate part of how we all make choices in our everyday lives. Now there is more emphasis on sustainability and longevity instead of solely keeping up with aesthetic trends when buying furniture to create the ideal living space. Instead of buying cheaper pieces, people are opting to invest in high-end furniture for a more sustainable approach to enhancing their homes.

Sustainability is a 2022 furniture trend that will last

The covid-19 pandemic has changed the world we live in massively. These profound changes have caused society to be more aware of how small actions can significantly impact the wider world. These sentiments have since evolved and become an intricate part of how we all make choices in our everyday lives.

Not only is it now en vogue to invest in high-end furniture that will last for years, keeping the planet in mind is at the forefront of emerging 2022 furniture trends.

How can I incorporate sustainability into my favourite furniture trends?

At RB12, we are excited to see the furniture design landscape become more eco-friendly.
So, we thought we’d explore how furniture has changed over the years and how you can create your home sweet home by investing in sustainable, high-end furniture.

Furniture trends
through the ages

The 1900s:
Art Nouveau

Even though it began in the late 1800s, the art nouveau style was still popular at the dawn of the 20th century. The natural world heavily influences this furniture trend, with floral motifs, leaves, vines, and waterlilies proving to be ubiquitous in designs.

In terms of upholstery and furniture, curved lines and S-shaped patterns, known as the ‘whiplash line’, are featured. To incorporate art nouveau with 2022 furniture trends, we highly recommend statement Gan rugs with geometric shapes and floral patterns. Each Gan rug is sustainably handmade with natural materials like wool and jute for better insulation. What’s more, Gan is devoted to supporting the local communities where their rugs are manufactured.

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furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1900s:
Art Nouveau

Even though it began in the late 1800s, the art nouveau style was still popular at the dawn of the 20th century. The natural world heavily influences this furniture trend, with floral motifs, leaves, vines, and waterlilies proving to be ubiquitous in designs.

In terms of upholstery and furniture, curved lines and S-shaped patterns, known as the ‘whiplash line’, are featured. To incorporate art nouveau with 2022 furniture trends, we highly recommend statement Gan rugs with geometric shapes and floral patterns. Each Gan rug is sustainably handmade with natural materials like wool and jute for better insulation. What’s more, Gan is devoted to supporting the local communities where their rugs are manufactured.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1920s:
Art Deco

If you’re looking to kick off the roaring 2020s by transforming your living room and dining room into a Gatsby-inspired space, look no further than our art deco style furnishings. Influenced by the excitement of this post-depression era that was all about partying, this movement is all about opulence. Think geometric patterns inspired by cubism and bright gold tones.

The art deco furniture trend in 2022 takes a more sustainable approach with natural materials used to create rich textures. Australian brand Armadillo boasts several designs that pay homage to art deco with natural materials that are sustainably sourced. Not only are Armadillo rugs sustainable and fair trade, but the design house also donates a portion of its profits to its non-profit dedicated to underprivileged communities.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1920s:
Art Deco

If you’re looking to kick off the roaring 2020s by transforming your living room and dining room into a Gatsby-inspired space, look no further than our art deco style furnishings. Influenced by the excitement of this post-depression era that was all about partying, this movement is all about opulence. Think geometric patterns inspired by cubism and bright gold tones.

The art deco furniture trend in 2022 takes a more sustainable approach with natural materials used to create rich textures. Australian brand Armadillo boasts several designs that pay homage to art deco with natural materials that are sustainably sourced. Not only are Armadillo rugs sustainable and fair trade, but the design house also donates a portion of its profits to its non-profit dedicated to underprivileged communities.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1930s:
Bauhaus

Bauhaus and modernism tend to complement each other and blend together. Bauhaus was born from modernism, and the movements are often intertwined together to create pieces focused on form, function, and bold colours. Minimalistic features slowly start to creep into furniture designs around this time, thanks to these two powerhouse movements.

Embrace Bauhaus by choosing bold colours and adding accents of modernism to your home with rustic furniture pieces. Miniforms tables combine the modernist angles and rustic appeal using wood like oak from reforested areas. While Expormim’s bright dining chairs are made from rattan, which does not require pollution-heavy production and is renewed on the tree every 5 to 7 years.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1930s:
Bauhaus

Bauhaus and modernism tend to complement each other and blend together. Bauhaus was born from modernism, and the movements are often intertwined together to create pieces focused on form, function, and bold colours. Minimalistic features slowly start to creep into furniture designs around this time, thanks to these two powerhouse movements.

Embrace Bauhaus by choosing bold colours and adding accents of modernism to your home with rustic furniture pieces. Miniforms tables combine the modernist angles and rustic appeal using wood like oak from reforested areas. While Expormim’s bright dining chairs are made from rattan, which does not require pollution-heavy production and is renewed on the tree every 5 to 7 years.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1950s:
Scandi Cool

The 1950s saw the influence of Bauhaus and modernism warm up with an air of Scandi cool. Before the rise of hygge in the 2010s, Scandi cool was all about embracing natural, earth tones, emphasising lighter tones.

Inspired by the harsh cold winters and lack of natural sunlight, using your space to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with plenty of light is a vital part of this furniture trend. Scandinavian designer Bolia creates handmade furniture that is the epitome of this trend with a high-end sustainable twist. Each furnishing by Bolia is handmade with OEKO-tech certified materials free from harmful chemicals and FSC certified wood.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1950s:
Scandi Cool

The 1950s saw the influence of Bauhaus and modernism warm up with an air of Scandi cool. Before the rise of hygge in the 2010s, Scandi cool was all about embracing natural, earth tones, emphasising lighter tones.

Inspired by the harsh cold winters and lack of natural sunlight, using your space to create a warm and inviting atmosphere with plenty of light is a vital part of this furniture trend. Scandinavian designer Bolia creates handmade furniture that is the epitome of this trend with a high-end sustainable twist. Each furnishing by Bolia is handmade with OEKO-tech certified materials free from harmful chemicals and FSC certified wood.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1960s:
Swinging 60s

With the space race dominating the headlines during the swinging sixties, furniture began to take inspiration from the galaxy and space travel.

The 1960s is when plastic, one of the biggest polluters, started to increase in popularity, and as the decade progressed, plastic was touted as a new wonder material. You can still create a sixties aesthetic with nods to the space race without using plastic.

Novamobili sideboards and coffee tables are ideal for evoking the era with sustainable furniture. Each piece is coated with a matte water-based lacquer, while the brand as a whole uses environmentally compatible materials to ensure an environmentally friendly approach to every design, including recycled wood. Gan sofas are a great nod to swinging London with pastel colours, while the design shapes are unique and otherworldly.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1960s:
Swinging 60s

With the space race dominating the headlines during the swinging sixties, furniture began to take inspiration from the galaxy and space travel.

The 1960s is when plastic, one of the biggest polluters, started to increase in popularity, and as the decade progressed, plastic was touted as a new wonder material. You can still create a sixties aesthetic with nods to the space race without using plastic.

Novamobili and coffee tables are ideal for evoking the era with sustainable furniture. Each piece is coated with a matte water-based lacquer, while the brand as a whole uses environmentally compatible materials to ensure an environmentally friendly approach to every design, including recycled wood. Gan sofas are a great nod to swinging London with pastel colours, while the design shapes are unique and otherworldly.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1970s:
Hippy chic

We all know the classic 1970s colour palette: think mustard tones, earthy greens, chestnut brown, and even hints of orange were prevalent during this time. Psychedelic patterns were seen as statement pieces, and eco-friendly upcycled pieces soon took centre stage.

As more people could travel abroad, artisan crafts and prints were entering western living rooms. Pendant lights by Bolia are the epitome of a classic seventies aesthetic. While Brokis Lighting’s stunning handmade table lamps, crafted with the art of bohemian glass blowing, really capture how furniture trends began to be influenced by other cultures.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1970s:
Hippy chic

We all know the classic 1970s colour palette: think mustard tones, earthy greens, chestnut brown, and even hints of orange were prevalent during this time. Psychedelic patterns were seen as statement pieces, and eco-friendly upcycled pieces soon took centre stage.

As more people could travel abroad, artisan crafts and prints were entering western living rooms. Pendant lights by Bolia are the epitome of a classic seventies aesthetic. While Brokis Lighting’s stunning handmade table lamps, crafted with the art of bohemian glass blowing, really capture how furniture trends began to be influenced by other cultures.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1980s:
Post-Modern

The eighties was a decade of decadence and consumption, which was certainly reflected in the post-modern furniture trend. It wasn’t just the popular hairstyles getting bigger and brighter - clashing colours, bright patterns, and huge furnishings were also becoming very a la mode.

The 1980s were all about combining multiple statement pieces to showcase your home, and sustainability was almost forgotten in this moment of mass consumption. Incorporating post-modern elements can be daunting, but it’s still possible to achieve a nod to this furniture trend with Saba Italia’s bold and beautiful ottomans and sofas.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1980s:
Post-Modern

The eighties was a decade of decadence and consumption, which was certainly reflected in the post-modern furniture trend. It wasn’t just the popular hairstyles getting bigger and brighter - clashing colours, bright patterns, and huge furnishings were also becoming very a la mode.

The 1980s were all about combining multiple statement pieces to showcase your home, and sustainability was almost forgotten in this moment of mass consumption. Incorporating post-modern elements can be daunting, but it’s still possible to achieve a nod to this furniture trend with Saba Italia’s bold and beautiful ottomans and sofas.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1990s:
Minimalist

With normcore at the forefront of fashion, minimalism began to take centre stage in home furnishings. The less is more approach is certainly more eco-friendly, and it’s during this era, the seeds of the slow living movement started to be sown. As horizons were broadened, the art of feng shui in the home became popular. This Chinese tradition involves carefully thought-out furniture placement to maintain harmony and balance in your home.

A neutral palette is vital to incorporating the minimalist trend into your home. Think clean lines, simple block colours, and muted tones while placing your furniture following the main feng shui principles to balance your chi. We highly recommend Miniforms furniture for sustainably-made pieces for a minimalist approach using recycled materials.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 1990s:
Minimalist

With normcore at the forefront of fashion, minimalism began to take centre stage in home furnishings. The less is more approach is certainly more eco-friendly, and it’s during this era, the seeds of the slow living movement started to be sown. As horizons were broadened, the art of feng shui in the home became popular. This Chinese tradition involves carefully thought-out furniture placement to maintain harmony and balance in your home.

A neutral palette is vital to incorporating the minimalist trend into your home. Think clean lines, simple block colours, and muted tones while placing your furniture following the main feng shui principles to balance your chi. We highly recommend Miniforms furniture for sustainably-made pieces for a minimalist approach using recycled materials.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 2000s:
Modular

With the rise of technology and increasing awareness of climate change creeping into daily life, eco-friendly furniture became fashionable. Environmentally friendly was no longer synonymous with drab furniture. Instead, it became a huge talking point in the high-end furniture industry as more customers requested sustainable furniture.

With the average home boasting an open-plan living space serving multiple functions, the furniture trends in the 2000s needed to reflect these new communal spaces. Modular furniture that is simple to install without losing that luxurious, high-end quality became a la mode.

Walk-in wardrobes to immediately make life easier became a must-have. Novamobli’s modular storage systems are the epitome of the 2000s furniture trends, while the incredible Cinquant by Cinquanta3 wardrobes truly make getting ready in the morning a breeze. Sustainability-wise, Novamobli and Cinquanta3 use recycled wood, which means their wood supply does not involve any felling of trees.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 2000s:
Modular

With the rise of technology and increasing awareness of climate change creeping into daily life, eco-friendly furniture became fashionable. Environmentally friendly was no longer synonymous with drab furniture. Instead, it became a huge talking point in the high-end furniture industry as more customers requested sustainable furniture.

With the average home boasting an open-plan living space serving multiple functions, the furniture trends in the 2000s needed to reflect these new communal spaces. Modular furniture that is simple to install without losing that luxurious, high-end quality became a la mode.

Walk-in wardrobes to immediately make life easier became a must-have. Novamobli’s modular storage systems are the epitome of the 2000s furniture trends, while the incredible Cinquant by Cinquanta3 wardrobes truly make getting ready in the morning a breeze. Sustainability-wise, Novamobli and Cinquanta3 use recycled wood, which means their wood supply does not involve any felling of trees.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 2010s:
Hygge

Originally from Denmark, Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-guh’) went international in the 2010s. With work from home on the rise yet still being a novelty at the time, the hygge approach to creating a cosy and warm environment became a necessity. Even though Hygge is synonymous with the colder seasons, it doesn’t have to mean cosy in the sense of sheltering during winter. It can mean creating a relaxing garden space to enjoy with loved ones in the summer or creating an inviting guest room for when friends stay over.

Hygge is a wholesome furniture trend to make you feel comforted, so sustainable furniture is really at the heart of this furniture trend. Bolia dining sets, made with OEKO-tech certified and FSC certified wood, are perfect for those cheese and wine nights with your friends and family. Meanwhile, Gervasoni’s Ghost collection of sofas is the epitome of hygge with plush, cosy cushions made with sustainable materials that can be easily recycled.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 2010s:
Hygge

Originally from Denmark, Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-guh’) went international in the 2010s. With work from home on the rise yet still being a novelty at the time, the hygge approach to creating a cosy and warm environment became a necessity. Even though Hygge is synonymous with the colder seasons, it doesn’t have to mean cosy in the sense of sheltering during winter. It can mean creating a relaxing garden space to enjoy with loved ones in the summer or creating an inviting guest room for when friends stay over.

Hygge is a wholesome furniture trend to make you feel comforted, so sustainable furniture is really at the heart of this furniture trend. Bolia dining sets, made with OEKO-tech certified and FSC certified wood, are perfect for those cheese and wine nights with your friends and family. Meanwhile, Gervasoni’s Ghost collection of sofas is the epitome of hygge with plush, cosy cushions made with sustainable materials that can be easily recycled.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 2020s:
Slow living

Slow buying, sometimes known as slow living, is another crucial 2022 furniture trend that we predict will stay for good. Investing more money into high-end home furnishings that are ethically made with sustainable materials is key to creating your own home sweet home in 2022. High-end furniture made from raw, natural materials is designed to reject the superficial and embrace your individuality. These materials not only look stunning, but they also boast a long life span and ethical construction. Each piece has a story, and after its life in your home, they also can be recycled if they are not already made with biodegradable materials.

At RB12, we collaborate with the best design houses, craftsmen, and furniture designers to ensure your home is made to reflect your ethos, identity, and personality. Discover the most luxurious high-end furniture and invest in sustainable furnishings available at RB12 online.

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furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history

The 2020s:
Slow living

Slow buying, sometimes known as slow living, is another crucial 2022 furniture trend that we predict will stay for good. Investing more money into high-end home furnishings that are ethically made with sustainable materials is key to creating your own home sweet home in 2022. High-end furniture made from raw, natural materials is designed to reject the superficial and embrace your individuality. These materials not only look stunning, but they also boast a long life span and ethical construction. Each piece has a story, and after its life in your home, they also can be recycled if they are not already made with biodegradable materials.

At RB12, we collaborate with the best design houses, craftsmen, and furniture designers to ensure your home is made to reflect your ethos, identity, and personality. Discover the most luxurious high-end furniture and invest in sustainable furnishings available at RB12 online.

furniture styles history
furniture styles history
furniture styles history
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