Trends from the Furniture Show!

This week the TCHFM furniture show is taking place in Toronto.  I walked the show yesterday and here is what stood out as trends in furniture for 2012:

1) All things British – from wall art with varying themes of the “Keep Calm and Carry on” mantra, to area rugs, ottomans and even furniture painted with the Union Jack.  Part of this trend strength is no doubt coming from the fact that the Olympics are taking place in London this year.

2) Iron and wood combinations on side tables, coffee tables, console tables and shelving units.  They have an industrial vibe with a natural/organic touch given the (most often reclaimed) wood.

3) Bright, fun colours punctuated the traditional sea of beige and drew the most interest from attendees.

4) Organic accents – driftwood mirrors, horned lighting and wall art, rusty iron lighting and candle holders with raw wood or clay bases.

5) Furniture and accents that look like they are made from up cycled cast offs – a wardrobe made from what look like old gym lockers, a table base made from bicycle wheels, and wall art made from old printer’s font blocks.


Also set up at the show were multiple vignettes of furnishings from participating suppliers compiled by design and lifestyle expert Janette Ewen.  Here are a couple:

Note the side table in the photo below – the top is a reclaimed vintage cart wheel from China!

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One Response to Trends from the Furniture Show!

  1. cathie says:

    COol British stuff! and I love the yellow chair .

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