Eco-Friendly and Sustainable
The environment is a significant factor for many consumers today. Chloe Hughes, editor-in-chief at Foter, a premier architecture, decoration, interiors, and design website, says that sustainable materials and practices are likely to become more commonplace in furniture design as consumers become increasingly aware of their choices' impact on the environment.
"As society progresses and changes, so too does the need for (sustainable) furniture," she says. "Furniture of the future will likely be much more minimalist in design as people become increasingly interested in simplicity and functionality. Additionally, technological advances will allow furniture to be made from new and innovative materials, such as recycled plastic or metal.
"This furniture will be both lightweight and durable due to the increasing demand for portability and easy storage. Lightweight furniture is easier to move around, ideal for people constantly on the go, and perfect for today's active lifestyle."
Giovanni Scippo, director at 3D Lines, offers a great take on "eco-friendly" furniture. "It refers to furniture made in a way that has a minimal environmental impact," he says. "Wood that comes from renewable sources and does not damage or harm the environment is considered environmentally friendly. In addition, the least amount of resources used, the better, such as minimizing the distance for deliveries to the greatest extent possible is a part of this."