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Are you ready to go back to the 80’s? 1stDibs designers make predictions


NEW YORK — Get ready for more ’80s pastels and chintz: Designs from the ’70s are being banished in favor of ’80s looks, according to a new survey of interior design firm 1stDibs.

In its sixth annual survey, online luxury marketplace polled 880 interior designers from around the world to learn more about upcoming 2023 trends and ask them what will be popular and what will fall short.

“If there’s one constant in the design industry, it’s that it’s always changing. What we consider ‘good design’ is reliably influenced by a range of sources, from fashion to environmental concerns, and pop culture,” said Anthony Barzilai Freund, managing editor and trends expert at 1stDibs. To social media and more.

“By conducting this survey, we are able to identify designers’ comments and better understand their recommendations for creating beautiful spaces that not only dazzle and astonish, but also contribute to living in a better world.”

Likely to Return: 1980s Pastels & Chintz

When asked which of the past seven decades is most likely to return in 2023, the designers said the 80s (in pastels and chintz), with 28% of the vote. Next up was the 1950s (mid-century modern), at 23%. Interestingly, while the 1970s saw a resurgence across the design space and only last year was referred to as the pinnacle era, the trend dropped from 36% to just 12% in this latest survey.

Color trends: emerald and sage predominate

In terms of color trends in general, emerald has the top color spot in this year’s poll for the third year in a row at 23%, holding a narrow lead over sage at 22%. Next in line were burnt orange (20%), mustard yellow (20%), and cobalt blue (18%). The biggest increases in preference year-on-year were lavender (from 6% in 2021 to 14% in 2022, +8 percentage points) and violet (from 9% in 2021 to 13% in 2022, +4 percentage points), supporting the idea The colors of the ’80s are making their way back into style.

Sustainability is the first consideration

Over the years, the importance of sustainability has risen exponentially – and this is reflected in the results of this year’s survey. When asked if current trends are likely to continue in 2023, sustainability was the most popular answer, receiving 94% of the responses. Other leading trends in the same vein included botanicals (91%), patterned wallpaper (85%), neutrals (84%) and organic modernism (82%).

Craftsmanship is key

The percentage of pieces that designers will buy from artisanal makers will continue to grow, and is expected to reach 65% in 2023. This interest has grown steadily over the years; In 2019, less than 50% of designers expressed this sentiment.

This is consistent with data regarding material choices. When presented with a list of 18 materials, wood and plaster came in as the top two choices, both with a score of 24%. In contrast, shiny surfaces such as chrome were less popular, with only 6% choosing them.

heated seats

When asked about 16 iconic seating products that will be popular in 2023, the winning lineup included Eames Chairs (16%), Vladimir Kagan Serpentine Sofa (14%), Hans Wegner Wishbone Chair (11%), Ligne Roset “Togo” Seating (7%) ) and Barcelona president Mies van der Rohe (6%). This top five beat out many other “greats,” including Mario Bellini’s Camalonda sofa (5%), Marcel Breuer-Wassily’s chair (4%) and Fay Togood’s Roly-Poly chair (2%), among others.


Merge art? The designers say the carvings are there

When asked which art mediums designers will use the most in 2023, sculptures scored the highest response at 44%. This outperformed paintings (43%), drawings (33%), photographs (33%), prints (20%), NFT/digital art (14%), and ephemera (6%).

What will happen to 2023 – it’s not a gray area

Although gray has seen a peak in recent years as a popular choice for walls, floors, furniture, and more, the color seems to be fading. When asked about the most fashionable shades of 2023, light gray received the least number of votes – with just 5%. Of all the colors, white has been the most declining in popularity, dropping 10 points to 14% in 2022 from 24% last year.

animal prints

When asked about popular patterns, animal prints came in at the bottom of the list, receiving just 4% of the designer vote. In contrast, the leading patterns were large-scale prints (21%), organic prints (18%), and florals (16%).

You may not want to “go for gold”. For many designers, materials and finishes are just as important as color. Rose gold (3%) and gold (4%) were cited as the least popular choices for 2023. In contrast, higher-ranking metals included bronze (20%), brass (19%), copper (12%), and nickel. (11%).

the general Office

During the height of the pandemic, homeowners around the world turned their attention to their home offices. But in the past two years, there has been a decline in the number of actual orders placed with designers to create home offices for their clients, from 28% in 2020 to 19% in 2022, a decrease of 9 percentage points. Designers expect design requests for home offices to drop from the very high 66% projected for 2021 to 32% in 2023, a decrease of -34 percentage points.

Refuse assignment

According to the survey, the percentage of allocated lots has declined steadily, from 58% in 2018 to 47% in 2022. Conversely, the share of unallocated lots has grown to 53% in 2022, up from 43% in 2018.

1stDibs assigned researchers with Surveys & Forecasts, LLC, a full-service strategic research consulting firm based in South Norwalk, Connecticut, to conduct over 880 online interviews between August and September 2022. The interior designers interviewed are part of the 1stDibs Trade 1st Program.

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