When Houzz asked me what I thought one of the biggest interiors trends for this year would be, I answered ‘slim lines’ and minimal furniture. Inspired by the likes of Jonathan Adler, Kelly Weartler, and Milo Baughman’s infamous ‘skinny’ furniture designs, the current interior design trend has been leaning towards minimalism, clean lines, and uncluttered spaces.
“2017 furniture pieces will become more minimal and sexy, with ‘skinny’ structures for coffee, console, side and dining tables, and skinny legs for sofas and chairs, helping to make small rooms appear more spacious, and furniture look more sleek and designer”, I told Houzz. Although this style of furniture has a very expensive, designer look about it, there are more and more affordable interiors brands that are hopping on the minimalist furniture bandwagon, with collections composed of slender lines and angular geometry.
It’s safe to say that minimalism is nothing new – it first emerged in the 1960s in America. Based on extreme simplicity, the designs were a stark contrast to the extravagance of the Expressionism and Pop Art of the same period. Now, nearly 60 years on, the twentieth century movement continues to inspire and influence the majority of creative design today.
Although often linked to modern Scandinavian design, minimalism can also be traced back to the work of the famous Bauhaus school. This German crafts and fine arts institute was the source of many of the main trends of the twentieth century, from architecture to design.
Whether you love brass detailing, glamorous velvet, or stark industrial-style design, here are some minimalist pieces of designer-inspired ‘skinny’ furniture to suit any budget…
1. Blush pink velvet armchair in a brass angular frame, £599. / 2. Blush pink ottoman, £399, and matching 3-seater sofa, £999.
1. Console table, £296. / 2. Antiqued metal industrial side table, £68.99. / 3. Aluminium and iron book case by Terence Conran, £999 / 4. Cotton grey armchair, £345 / 5. Aluminium and iron coffee table by Terence Conran, £569. / 6. Terence Conran coffee table, £449.
1. Industrial storage coffee table, £499. / 2. Industrial modular storage bookshelf, £899. / 3. Oak industrial style side table, £99. / 4. Industrial storage box frame coffee table, £599. / 5. Oak coffee table, £259. / 6. Oak side table, £129.
1. Large rectangular marble coffee table, £595. / 2. Marble topped coffee table with black steel frame, £360. / 3. Black and marble round coffee table, £229. / 4. Tall marble occasional table, £295. / 5. Large square marble coffee table, £795. / 6. Small square marble coffee table, £595.
1. Art Deco style console table, £499. / 2. OKA distressed tripod side table, £345. / 3. OKA antiqued mirror glass distressed side table, £485. / 4. Z-shaped side table, £170. / 5. Tiered tower bookcase, £649. / 6. Two-tiered side table, £299. / 7. Three-tiered coffee table, £399.
1. Industrial modular storage bookshelf, £699. / 2. Console table, £399. / 3. Industrial dining table, £187. / 4. Chevron / herringbone wood dining table, £660. / 5. Console table, £199. / 6. Industrial dining table, £187.
1. Off-white wooden four poster bed 160 x 200 cm, £575. / 2. Solid acacia wood 160 x 200cm king size four-poster bed, £494.50.