Forecasting the future has never been easy. Why even the weatherman seems to get tomorrow’s weather wrong half the time. As for furniture and fashion, time honored classics will always hold a place in our hearts. They are a link to who we were and a statement of who we are.
But that said, nobody wants grandmother’s old sofa.
We millennials seek a brave new world and a style that reflects modern life.
We are fashion-forward. Avant-garde, as the French like to say, as if recalling a Napoleonic charge at Austerlitz.
I pause here and reflect. I am decidedly pro-French, my grandmother was French, born in a tiny village in Lorraine called Graffigny. Though Napoleon’s armies were finally defeated, it was only after five coalitions of European armies were thrown against France and defeated.
Vive la France, or, at least, long live the spirit of France – equality, liberty, and brotherhood. Toujours France, notre premier et plus ancien ami.
Coco Chanel, famous for haute couture, perfume, and the little black dress, said of fashion:
“[It]is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, [in our homes and living rooms], fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
And what is happening is a revolution in technology and travel. The world is shrinking my friends. Information is at our wrist with an Apple watch and on the bridge of our noses if we wear Google glasses.
And yet, we must guard against a constant digital presence. At the end of the day, the home is place to gather with friends and family. The home is a place of refuge and a place of comfort, a place to sit and stay, a place to escape the digital revolution.
In an age of mass technology, a glimpse is enough, no more, for the future of what is to be is not yet revealed.