2016's new and noteworthy furniture trends

Here are a few of the tastier aesthetic morsels our Editor-in-Chief has run across in the first half of 2016. And stay tuned for more on the broader picture: a move away from the conformity of all-white interiors, a growing focus on affordability, and a reliance on (with simultaneous anxiety about) the role of technology in our homes.
  1. Speckled motifs
    Polka dots: passé. This one's everywhere, from paint to furniture to upholstery to clothing to iPhone cases, and if I had to guess, I'd point to a recent rekindled romance with terrazzo as the starting point. Image via Instagram user @elreynyc
  2. Sofas on exposed frames
    The newest group of upholstered seating (psssst, we see your frames showing) involve a king’s ransom of swathed and scrunched pillows on top of a rigid structure. Image courtesy of HAY.
  3. Glamour’s back (and with it, metallic finishes)
    Not that minimalism is dead, per se, but it’s taking a turn for the baroque. Metallic finishes, rich textures, low lighting, luxe vintage picks: This ain’t your California-meets-Scandinavian Instagram feed. Photo via Dilmore Studio (left), Kelsey Keith (right)
  4. On that note, everything’s richer
    You may be familiar with the Danish concept of hygge, usually typified in a space when cozy meets spare. Now even the Scandinavians are veering away from a strict monochromatic color palette and setting off blonde wood and pastel upholstery against bright jewel tones. Normann Copenhagen’s booth at Salone de Mobile, Milan (left); Odd Matter’s Node light (right).
  5. The color of the moment: rust
    Each year, the design gods spin a giant Wheel of Fortune on which are painted a full range of "neutral" hues. The wheel has been on stuck on gray for the past five years, with slight derivations of the needle pointing to a pale, non-bubblegum pink. This year, the industry needle spun way back to the 1970s for a dip into rust. Paint, powder-coated steel tables, desk accessories, you name it. Photo via Instagram user @curbed.
  6. Material innovation
    One of the wildest things I’ve seen in action this year is something that’s noticeable for not being noticeable: Piero Lissoni’s Code kitchen for Boffi. The gas burners are set right into a marble countertop, or the seamless induction cooktop is embedded right into a Corian top. On the other end of the wowza material spectrum, designer Lex Pott brought his vibrant oxidizing process into play for a new line of La Cornue ranges. Tomas Alonso (left), Aldo Bakker (right).