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Trending: Geometric Furniture, Lighting & Decor

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Illustrated in faceted volumes, sharp angles and precise patterns, contemporary design is boldly displaying its love of plain geometry.

Contemporary Furniture

Clean edges are nothing new to modern furniture design, but the current geometric furniture trend takes things a step further. Ranging from straight-backed sofas to pure geometric tables, hard-edged volumes are a modern design trend, and we've got the proof. The Gus* Trillium Stool offers a geometry lesson in a trio of upholstered parallelograms of different heights, designed to be used separately or grouped into a single hexagon. The Blu Dot Bloke Collection makes an enveloping square back its trademark, while the Artek Trienna Table, a 954 classic, features a trio of triangles that remain perfectly on-point.  

Innovative Rugs

New statement rugs from GAN Rugs and artful carpeting from By Second Studio illustrate that contemporary area rugs are taking geometry to innovative heights, moving beyond merely woven motifs to defining shape itself. Patricia Urquiola's 100% wool Mirage Rug, above, is a work of genius, comprised of artfully woven color gradients and geometric modules that extend beyond the rug's rectangular shape to create a jagged edge. The Gus* Gradient Rug features an elegant abstract composition of overlapping squares, while the Nanimarquina Melange Rug offers a stark checkerboard pattern modernists will find hard to resist.

Striking Wallpaper

Geometric wallpaper motifs are bigger and bolder than ever, ensuring the evolution of contemporary wallpaper from supporting player to star attraction. Mid Century repeat patterns by Tempaper—illustrated in the emphatic geometric power of Gio, above—isn't for the faint of heart, but its easy application and removal is designed for a quick, statement-worthy upgrade. Ferm Living gives simple geometry a Nordic touch with its Thin Stripes wallpaper—managing the feat of being both subtle and attention-getting—while Flavor Paper's Ziggy Diamond Wallpaper, a dizzying ode to the groovy 60s, is geometrically on-trend in 2019.  

Dramatic Lighting

The trend towards geometric lighting is on dramatic (and innovative) display in the award-winning Sonneman Suspenders Grid Pendant Light, above, which features a meticulously composed geometric network of horizontal bars and vertical suspension lights. Smaller scale geometry—but no less dramatic—is evident in the Notch Wall Sconce from Rich Brilliant Willing, a faceted metal form with a diamond-shaped opening that reveals a gleaming gold interior. The Troy Lighting Origami Pendant makes use of asymmetric geometry, combining an angled abstract form with a sumptuous glass globe.

Eye-catching Textiles

Home textiles with geometric motifs bring an element of drama to an interior scheme, and, thanks to design's current fixation, there's plenty of geometry from which to choose. Contemporary textiles from Ferm Living make use of simple lines and shapes on pillows and throw blankets—like the squarely great Checked Wool Blanket, a double-woven, reversible throw, with bold grid pattern. Artek's Siena Wool Blanket, which reprises a vintage grid pattern designed by Alvar Aalto, makes a dramatic decorative statement, whether strewn across sofa or thrown across shoulders.  

Distinctive Decor

The sharp edges and clean angles of the new Folded Vase by MENU, above, an elegant origami-like ceramic composition, beautifully illustrates modern decor's current preoccupation with geometric forms. Blu Dot's best-selling 100% Trays remains ahead of the curve, offering up three perfect squares in one versatile design, while Ferm Living's Outline Square Trivet, a linear oak composition, is far too beautiful to hide beneath a hot vessel. The Varaluz Casa Geo Octagonal Mirror, a faceted metal and mirrored glass beauty, gives glamorous geometric dimension to an ordinary wall mirror.