Event planners can expect Art Deco, monochromatic color spectrums and eclecticism to be among the hot design trends in 2020, according to the experts at furniture and decor rental company CORT Events, Las Vegas, Nev.
Reminiscent of the early 20th century, soft seating that follows elegant shapes and romantic curves is making a comeback in 2020. Art Deco-inspired designs featuring feminine silhouettes layered with geometric patterns will create a dramatic, yet sophisticated look. Following this trend, CORT Events’ January product launch will include a reimagined version of the popular Endless seating collection, now with green velvet channel stitching and updated rounded backs and seats.
“While the classics are still popular, we’ve modernized the original Endless seating collection to address today’s trends by softening the edges and updating the fabrics,” says Kevin Dana, executive director of merchandising and product for CORT Events. “The new collection features gorgeous emerald green velvet, sexy curves and black metal frames, and can still be configured for any event or show space.”
The new curvy Endless seating collection will also be offered in timeless white vinyl to provide a classically clean palette for any color combination to shine. Other new seating offerings available in 2020 include the green leather Lena chair and the teal velvet Malibu accent chair, both featuring rounded soft shapes to bring sophisticated luxury to event designs.
Green color schemes
Representing health and wellness, green will be the dominant hue for event design in 2020. Specifically, monochromatic schemes incorporating various shades of green are expected to be especially popular to create an appealing and unexpected visual for guests that embodies a restorative, calming effect. The monochromatic approach to design can also be applied to other on-trend, cool colors, from shades of blue to vibrant berries.
“Color has taken on new importance for today’s event planners,” says Jordan Carbotti of Carbotti Experiences, Newport, R.I. “Choosing a color theme when planning the design of an event is always the first thing we do, whether it’s a social or corporate event. Even if a client requests white seating, we layer colorful rugs, pillows, lighting and accessories to infuse color throughout the set and help make the design unique.”
To help planners incorporate more color, CORT Events is introducing the new Beverly Oasis Ottoman System, featuring three large configurations for casual lounging in 12 colors with channel stitched detail. The new ottoman system allows clients to choose one or multiple colors to create a stunning casual seating environment for both large and small spaces.
Danish modern soft seating is still a leading trend in 2020, as seen in CORT Events’ latest Chandler, Valencia and Palm Beach collections. The style features a variety of bold, 1970s-inspired organic colors and metal frames for a classic mid-century look that reflects current color and fabric trends. However, many planners are also using these modern pieces to achieve an eclectic design by pairing textured velvets and fabrics with natural elements and lush faux furs.
“There’s a strong move toward eclecticism in event design. By incorporating multiple style trends into one design, clients are able to reinforce diverse lifestyles and a global sensibility,” says Dana. “These Bohemian chic and Mediterranean Craft trends put a modern twist on rustic design. It involves a lot of layering of warm organic colors with vibrant blues and linens to create the comfortable easiness that today’s guests crave.”
For event planners looking to achieve a modern eclectic look with an industrial finish, CORT Events recommends pairing pieces with mixed materials, like the Atherton accent chair, with tables featuring wood or marble finishes, such as the Lexington Communal Bar or Café table.