Are you looking for some inspiration for your home? We spoke to Miacarla Ng from designer concept store W.Atelier about recent furniture trends and what’s coming for 2020.
Have you seen a change in customer buying in recent years?
Surprisingly, customers are increasingly willing to spend on luxury furniture. People are also more proactive and doing lots of research beforehand. When they come into the store, they’re more informed of the products and specifications of the furniture. This helps us understand what they’re looking for – they definitely know what they want! Customers are also still brand conscious when it comes to furniture because it reflects a certain quality and a legacy.
We’re also seeing a trend towards home accessories with Art Deco aesthetics and those items with practical functionality that can be used in multiple ways.Are customers asking about how things were sourced and produced?
We see our customers looking to make long-term furniture and interior investments rather than seasonal or disposable purchases. With the current climate of sustainability, consumers prefer furniture trends that are more enduring.
We’ve seen an increase in customers being more interested in the background and production of the furniture, too. They’re curious about the hands that an item has passed through and how they shaped the design. For many people, sustainable and eco-friendly materials or better manufacturing processes are top of mind when buying furniture.
Most of our brands have an element of sustainability and durability that comes with quality, including the TOTO Eco Washer, which operates without electricity and reduces water wastage and fits on top of your existing toilet.
Are customers looking for more international brands? Why?
Customers are still brand conscious and will remain loyal to established global brands with a crop of well-known designers. At W.Atelier, we partner with leading brands such as Flokk, Fritz Hansen, Lema, Vitra, Zanotta, SieMatic and TOTO. They work with both prolific and up-and-coming designers. This means our customers are assured of the style and quality of home furnishings from the bathroom to kitchen to living (as well as office, accessories, indoors and outdoors!).
Have any materials become popular or made a comeback?
We’re seeing a lot more natural fibres like cotton, and rich and luxe fabrics like velvet. Watch out for textiles enhanced with modern technology too!
Thinking towards 2020, what interior and furniture trends do you see coming ?
At the Milan Furniture Fair earlier this year we identified some clear trends that we’re going to bring to Singapore in the coming year.
Lighting: It’s no longer just a way to light up a dark corner; watch out for sculptural lighting and Art Deco pieces that will quickly become centrepieces of the room. Use lighting to transform spaces and blank walls.
Mixing up metallics: If you love the minimalist look but want added luxury, add some metallic tones to your room. It’s sleek but still luxurious and also easier to match and maintain.
Versatile outdoors: Look out for a more outdoorsy and natural aesthetic, and outdoors-inspired concepts.
Curves: Forget boring square designs; new designs featuring round, fluid and organic shapes make designs more dynamic.
The W.Atelier showroom is located at #01-01 & #03-01 Apex @ Henderson, 201 Henderson Road.
6270 8828 | watelier.com
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