Top 1: German furniture industry in figures 2019
The furniture industry was particularly interested in the study conducted by the German magazine “möbel kultur”. According to their data analysis, Germany is the European leader for kitchens and still growing and the upholstered furniture sector is feeling the pressure of rising wage costs and decreasing sales, while export-oriented companies are showing slight growth for home and bedroom furnishings.
All sectors are dealing with the challenge of an increasingly ageing workforce, the problem of recruiting young talent, the imminent Brexit and energy costs. Experts are certain that the industry will see higher sustainability requirements. Read the full article.
Top 2: Smart furniture
Clever furniture is the new trend: tables that remember individual sitting and standing positions and remind you when it’s time to shift position, loudspeakers that can be connected via apps and controlled using language assistants, and wardrobes that use air and steam to freshen up clothes.
Also sofas that store your favourite positions or surfaces equipped with a sensor foil so that receiver devices can be controlled without buttons or regulators. They are all part of the furniture of tomorrow. They make life easier for users – and create new opportunities for manufacturers. Read the full article.
Top 3: Coworking environment: shared office spaces with style
Along with individualisation and urbanisation, New Work is the megatrend of recent years: statistics show that the number of coworking spaces is increasing worldwide and further growth is expected.
For furniture manufacturers, it will be important to understand how to optimally equip these rooms to meet the needs of employees and digitalisation and design furniture that is able to adapt flexibly to rapidly changing requirements. Read the full article.
Top 4: Skai Design Lab: design by mouse click
The megatrend is individualisation – and not only in the furniture industry. Online configurators make it possible to tailor just about any product to individual customer requirements without driving up production costs.
Hotels and serviced apartments benefit from this trend and advertise with individually furnished rooms in order to win the interest of customers. The Skai Design Lab provides online programmes and designs that allow you to create designs easily with a click of the mouse. Read the full article.
Top 5: A splash of colour in the kitchen
The trend of blending kitchen and living areas has increased in recent years and injects colour into what used to be “white goods”: refrigerator doors and fitted kitchens are now getting a splash of colour.
Vibrant blue, gentle green, light red or natural brown shades – colours that go with wood, concrete, glass or melamine surfaces – are big today. Leading kitchen manufacturers are also using gold, silver and smart graphite grey to reflect the current trend. Read the full article.