5 Trend-Proof Furniture Pieces Currently Missing From Your Home
Trends are a big part of the conversation when we're talking home design and style, but there's more to this industry than what's in or out for the season. There are certain pieces that have stood the test of time and continue to be fixtures in interiors. Whether they've been around for decades or even centuries, these top 5 trend-proof classics are beloved for a reason, and we're exploring why, and how you can make them a part of your home.
1 | Mid-Century Anything
If you don't already own something that has mid-century modern roots, chances are you've come across many items that are inspired by this pivotal period in design, lasting from about 1933 to 1965. Form follows function is one of the main tenets of mid-century style, so are clean lines, organic shapes, simple details and minimal ornamentation. Materials like wood, glass, plastic, metal and lucite, plus bold graphic and geometric patterns, and a range of bright and neutral colors also characterize mid-century pieces. Part of what makes them so popular and relevant today is the fact that an emphasis on practicality and streamlined design never goes out of style.
2 | Canopy Bed
Like trestle tables, canopy beds originated in the Middle Ages. Because royals and nobles often shared a room with their personal attendants, the canopy bed offered privacy and warmth from drafts. Back then, it featured heavy curtains, which got lighter over time as the design became more focused on embellishing the bed frame itself. Classic canopy beds have four posters to support the actual canopy top. Today, they're lighter, sleeker and can take on a more traditional or modern style.
3 | Chesterfield Sofa
Although the Chesterfield sofa originated in some shape or form beforehand, the piece we're familiar with today didn't make an appearance until the mid-1800s. Said to be named for the fourth Earl of Chesterfield, this sofa became a favorite of aristocratic families and was a fixture in gentlemen's clubs in London. Although it's maintained its distinguished style and signature details - from the deep button tufting, to the low back and high roll arms - the Chesterfield sofa has adapted to blend seamlessly with both traditional and modern spaces. Today, you can get it in any color, pattern or texture. In fact, we currently offer it in leather, velvet and linen.
4 | Moulded Chair
One of most famous designs, the moulded chair lives on today in a variety of versions. It continues to be a celebrated piece thanks to, "the inherent rightness of the design - comfort, utility, scale and breadth of application. Visually it has become iconic but it was the user's experience and its practical value that first established it as something special." The first mass-produced plastic chair hit the market in 1950, and it's been adapted, improved and refined ever since with new materials, bases and colors.
5 | Trestle Dining Table
The O.G. of dining tables, trestle tables have been a feast fixture since medieval times. Because there was no dedicated dining room in your average castle, a loose board was placed over trestle legs to transform great halls and bedchambers into meal central instantly. They were removed as soon as the food was cleared so the real revelry could begin. These days, trestle tables come in one piece and tend to stay put in the designated dining area. Trestle tables are a serious staple in farmhouse and Americana-style homes.