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Top 100 Furniture Trends of 2012

From Cubbyhole Sleeping Quarters to Chalkboard Chairs

— January 18, 2013 — Art & Design
Some of the best furniture trends of this past year were amalgamations of two concepts in one. For example, the XTable by Kibis is a desk that looks like an ironing board. The base can be adjusted in the same way, making the product perfect for someone who likes to work both standing up and sitting down.

Designers tried to have fun with their ideas in 2012. A company called LOL furniture came up with chalkboard chairs, which encouraged artwork and never-ending designs. Each day one's kitchen could be transformed, depending on what was drawn on the seating.

Designers in the furniture industry pushed themselves to be more creative than ever in 2012. To further understand the trends in this field, check out our Furniture Trend Report.
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Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness
100
Bare-Boned Lighting
Bare-Boned Lighting
100 Watts is Influenced by the First Incandescent Lamp
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99
Technicolor Interwoven Furniture
Technicolor Interwoven Furniture
The Anthony Hartley Cable Collection is Candy-Like
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98
Face-Down Furniture
Face-Down Furniture
Liogy Aims for Comfort with New Designs
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97
Customized Cardboard Sofas
Customized Cardboard Sofas
The Monocomplex Sculpture Project is All That it's Stacked Up to Be
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96
Mini Tree Lighting
Mini Tree Lighting
Bonsai by Moredesign is Inspired by a Traditional Japanese Art Form
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95
Subway Tunnel Housing
Subway Tunnel Housing
'The Apartment' by IKEA is Located in a Parisian Metro
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94
Timber Coattailed Seating
Timber Coattailed Seating
This Wooden Chair by Pasi Savunen Has Been Clad with a Sense of Occasion
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93
Colorful Furniture Underbellies
Colorful Furniture Underbellies
Fiss Family by My Own Super Studio Lights Up From Below
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92
Pop Culture-Inspired Seating
Pop Culture-Inspired Seating
Caricature as Furniture Part 1 is Inspired by Iconic Characters
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91
Artistically Corroded Furniture
Artistically Corroded Furniture
Ka-lai Chan's The Ordinary Family Collection is Volatile
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90
Spindly Side Tables
Spindly Side Tables
The Tap Collection by Monocomplex Lightens the Feel of Your Interiors
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89
Mixed Media Seating
Mixed Media Seating
The V & A Chairs are a Marriage of Old and New Materials
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88
Colorful 60s Furniture
Colorful 60s Furniture
Suzie by Colonel is Bold and Bright
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87
Geometry-Inspired Furniture
Geometry-Inspired Furniture
Nicole Tomazi Impresses With her New 'Fractal' Collection
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86
Industrial Pipe Furniture
Industrial Pipe Furniture
DOSUNO Design's Open Tap Project Uses Repurposed Materials
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85
Saggy Resin Seating
Saggy Resin Seating
The Family -ERT Collection Reinterprets the Conventional Forms of Furnishings
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84
Vibrant Child-Centric Furniture
Vibrant Child-Centric Furniture
InKidible Hopes to Expand Kids Perspective of Contemporary Art
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83
Colorful Mountainous Cushions
Colorful Mountainous Cushions
Cumulus Project's Mound of Rounds is Mightily Multifunctional
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82
Residential-Style Accommodations
Residential-Style Accommodations
The James Chicago Hotel Boasts a Warm and Modern Design
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81
Assemblable Modular Cubbies
Assemblable Modular Cubbies
The OH Cabinet Makes Lovely Solo Storage and Chic Stacked Shelving
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80
Domino-Like Furniture
Domino-Like Furniture
The KERAMOS Cabinet by Coprodotto is Colorfully Cute
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79
Stackable LEGO Ledges
Stackable LEGO Ledges
The Build It Modular Fixture is Secure in Assembly and Striking on Display
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78
Warm Minimalist Bathrooms
Warm Minimalist Bathrooms
The Bisazza Bagno Nendo Collection is Organically Contemporary
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77
Tongue-Wagging Seats
Tongue-Wagging Seats
WAMHOUSE's Armchair Paszcza is Cute and Carnal
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76
Slowly Sinking Bookcases
Slowly Sinking Bookcases
Raw Edges' Hole In The Floor is Full of Whimsy and Character
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75
Sunny Side Up Furniture
Sunny Side Up Furniture
WamHouse's Table Egg is Inspired by a Breakfast Meal
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74
Spindly Bedside Seating
Spindly Bedside Seating
Alfred by Loris & Livia Masquerades as One Object and Excels as Another
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73
Moon-Inspired Lighting
Moon-Inspired Lighting
MONOCOMPLEX's Scene #01 Floor Lamp is Eerily Romantic
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72
Transformative Couture Editorials
Transformative Couture Editorials
The Vogue Netherlands September 2012 Photoshoot is Experimental
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71
Unsteady Legged Seating
Unsteady Legged Seating
The Trippin' Series Plays with One's Visual Perception of Stability
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70
Fat Rabbit Furnishings
Fat Rabbit Furnishings
The Bunny Chair by Iskos-Berlin is a Youthful Rejuvination of the Wingback
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69
Repurposed Fridge Furnishings
Repurposed Fridge Furnishings
Van der Kooij Endless Collection is Robot-Made from Old Appliances
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68
Simpson-Inspired Seats
Simpson-Inspired Seats
'Caricature as Furniture' by 56th Studio is Minimalist
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67
Coffee Filter Lampshades
Coffee Filter Lampshades
Vilma Farrell of Lampada Creates Caffeinated Lighting
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66
Unfolding Circular Furniture
Unfolding Circular Furniture
The Fan Table by Mauricio Affonso Explores Social Interaction
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65
DNA-Inspired Furniture
DNA-Inspired Furniture
The Mutation Series by Maarten De Ceulaer is Excitingly Experimental
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64
Multifaceted Industrial Furnishings
Multifaceted Industrial Furnishings
The Acciaio Series 2 Explores the Geometries of Surface
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63
Funambulist Children's Furniture
Funambulist Children's Furniture
Flip for Kids Encourages Dynamic Physical Development
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62
Flowering Fresnel Lighting
Flowering Fresnel Lighting
The RSA House Chandelier by Troika is Technologically Modern
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61
Flower Petal Furniture
Flower Petal Furniture
Bruehl's Morning Dew Chair is Refreshing and Feminine
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60
Squeezebox Planter Partitions
Squeezebox Planter Partitions
The Herb2 System Provides Privacy, Decoration and Fresh Air
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59
Over-Sized Cosmetics Furniture
Over-Sized Cosmetics Furniture
The MakeUp Now! Accessories are Set to Polish Your Living Rooms
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58
Burnt Lumber Furniture
Burnt Lumber Furniture
Wood Casting by Hilla Shamia Boasts a Metal Base
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57
Social Media Sleepers
Social Media Sleepers
The FBed Concept is Inspired by the Facebook Logo
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56
Extruded Pendent Lamps
Extruded Pendent Lamps
The EXTL Lights by David Irwin is Contemporary and Structured
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55
Calming Office Furniture
Calming Office Furniture
The Rest and Concentration in the Workplace Collection is Comfy
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54
Hollow Top Tables
Hollow Top Tables
Wood Table by Roman Shpelyk Provides a Smooth Surface and a Slot for Storage
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53
Colorfully Perforated Furniture
Colorfully Perforated Furniture
The PEEP Storage Units Allow Natural Light to Seep Through
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52
Leftover Timber Furniture
Leftover Timber Furniture
The Endy Series by Studio Ve is Cute and Eco-Conscious
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51
Energy-Producing Workstations
Energy-Producing Workstations
Eddi Tornberg Harnesses Power From Office Spaces
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50
Sunken Furniture Surfaces
Sunken Furniture Surfaces
Rising Table by Robert van Embricqs is Organically Intricate
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49
Modular Toy-Inspired Shelving
Modular Toy-Inspired Shelving
Clark Art Center's Jacob Bookcase is Playfully Practical
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48
Sliced-Off Furniture
Sliced-Off Furniture
The CUTLINE Collection Balances Between the Hidden and Visible
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47
Celebrity Furniture Designs
Celebrity Furniture Designs
The Pitt Pollaro Collection is Brad Pitt's Debut Line
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46
Magnetic Wooden Tables
Magnetic Wooden Tables
Multiple by Raphael Charles Can Take on Various Fun Shapes
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45
Acoustic-Absorbing Furniture
Acoustic-Absorbing Furniture
The Rosa Chair by Studio KMJ Provides a Distraction Barrier
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44
Chalkboard Chairs
Chalkboard Chairs
LOL Furniture Presents Unique Seating Styles
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43
Arboreal Lattice Ledges
Arboreal Lattice Ledges
The Esedra Domino Shelf Draws Branchlike Shadows Indoors
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42
Hybrid Modular Desks
Hybrid Modular Desks
Strates System by Mathieu Lehanneur is Both a Shelf and a Table
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41
Peculiar Plumbed Tables
Peculiar Plumbed Tables
The MT 01 Table Comprises a Spindly Frame of Galvanized Pipes
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40
Adabtable Arachnid Seating
Adabtable Arachnid Seating
The Limitless Spider Sofas Have Many Moving Legs for Maximal Comfort
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39
Boxed Interior Abodes
Boxed Interior Abodes
The Melander Architects Design Maximizes Living Space
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38
Material-Juxtaposed Furniture
Material-Juxtaposed Furniture
The Laselva Studio Creates Quirky Products That Are Full of Texture
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37
Retro Game Controller Cushions
Retro Game Controller Cushions
Felt Sew Good Churns Out Geeky Pillows for Nintendo Fans
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36
Wire-Suspended Furniture
Wire-Suspended Furniture
The Infinity Conference Table by Bozhinovski Design is Futuristic
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35
Inflatable Steel Furniture
Inflatable Steel Furniture
Zieta Prozessdesign Creations are Contemporarily Cartoonish
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34
Colored Corner Furnishings
Colored Corner Furnishings
The Soapbox Furniture Requires No Tools to Assemble
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33
Crumbled Concrete Lighting
Crumbled Concrete Lighting
The Minimalist 'Like Paper Lamp' Has Kinks and Crinkles
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32
Rock-inspired Furniture
Rock-inspired Furniture
The Isola Collection by Gumdesign is Full of Eclectic Geometric Shapes
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31
Deluxe Domestic Playground Equipment
Deluxe Domestic Playground Equipment
Svvving Luxury Swings Bring Fun to Fancy Homes
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30
Fascinating Food Artography
Fascinating Food Artography
Everyday Object Art by Kevin Van Aelst Makes Mundane Objects Awesome
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29
Rustic Jar Lighting
Rustic Jar Lighting
Luke Lamp Co. Creates Light Fixtures That are Full of Character
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28
Ironing Board-Like Desks
Ironing Board-Like Desks
The XTable by Kibisi is Manually High-Adjustable Via a Crank
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27
Side-Stacked Storage Systems
Side-Stacked Storage Systems
The Bookcase 45x Balances Impossibly from the Cubbies' Corners
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26
Stacked Chair Storage
Stacked Chair Storage
The Latten Shelving Unit Employs One Type of Piece for Another Purpose
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25
Slatted Herbage Storage
Slatted Herbage Storage
The Standard Numero 4 Vegetalise Affords and Orderly Arrangement of Plants
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24
Imaginative Kids' Nests
Imaginative Kids' Nests
'Roly Poly' Provides Entertainment for Creative Children
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23
Modern Mechanized Furniture
Modern Mechanized Furniture
The Astrolab Dining Table Extends Via Remote Control
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22
Icing-Inspired Stools
Icing-Inspired Stools
The D-Vision 'Soft Comfort Seats' are Oddly Shaped But Extremely Soothing
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21
Whimsically Imperfect Furniture
Whimsically Imperfect Furniture
Seasons by Valentin Loellmann is Beautifully Organic
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20
Elegantly Urban Shelves
Elegantly Urban Shelves
The sheLLf Bookcase by Ka-Lai Chan is an Intricate Design
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19
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
Rustic Cavemen Hotels
The Caves of Civita Hotel in Sextantio Italy Offers Primitive Luxury
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18
Functional Origami-Like Furniture
Functional Origami-Like Furniture
The News Coffee Table by Boris Ignatov is Great for Saving Space
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17
Expandable Furniture
Expandable Furniture
Reinier de Jong's REK Coffee Table Grows and Shrinks as Needed
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16
Cantilevered Marble Furniture
Cantilevered Marble Furniture
The SUTIL Table is Made Out of Carrara Marble and Carbon Fiber
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15
Recycled Robust Storage
Recycled Robust Storage
The Roadie Collection by Karpenter is Durable and Sustainable
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14
Cubbyhole Sleeping Quarters
Cubbyhole Sleeping Quarters
This Menuires Ski Resort Apartment Compartmentalizes its Occupants
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13
Carpentry Off-Cut Furniture
Carpentry Off-Cut Furniture
The Wood-con-fusion Series by Eli Chissick is Made out of Scraps
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12
PET Bottle Lighting
PET Bottle Lighting
The Bubble Chandelier by Souda is a Sparkling Eco-Friendly Orb
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11
Shipping Container Workspaces
Shipping Container Workspaces
The Sugoroku Office by Daiken-Met Architects is Stacked Cargo Boxes
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10
DIY Erasable Wall Decor
DIY Erasable Wall Decor
The How to Mix Chalkboard Paint Tutorial is Easy and Awesome
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9
Origami-Inspired Seating
Origami-Inspired Seating
The Star Chair by Michael Samoriz is a Crafty Addition to Any Interior
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8
Blow-Up Backseat Beds
Blow-Up Backseat Beds
The Inflatable Car Airbed Makes Sleeping in Your Car More Comfortable
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7
Eccentric Tetris-Style Sofas
Eccentric Tetris-Style Sofas
To Gather Presses the Piecing of Odd Modules Together
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6
Animal Sculpture Furniture
Animal Sculpture Furniture
The Hippo Coffee Table Collection is Adorably Realistic
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5
3-in-1 Furniture
3-in-1 Furniture
The #006 SideSeat by PROOFF is a Seat, Desk and Storage in One
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4
Badass Scorpion Workstations
Badass Scorpion Workstations
The MWE Emperor 200 is Geeky with Attitude
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3
Plywood Puzzle Furnishings
Plywood Puzzle Furnishings
The Coordinate Collection by Praktrik Features Modular Pieces
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2
Adjustable Multifunctional Furniture
Adjustable Multifunctional Furniture
The Takka Table and Stools is Made for Small Spaces
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1
Compact Camper Sleepers
Compact Camper Sleepers
The Teardrop Trailer Allows You to Rough it in Comfort
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