Will These 2 Design Predictions Take Over in 2021?

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It's officially 2021 which means there's a whole year of new trends in the home space to keep an eye out for, from major plant trends to bold and earthy '70s hues. But there are two design predictions that we're betting on in the new year and they're all about sustainability and more structured design.

According to Sara Berks, founder and creative director of New York-based ethical home goods company MINNA, there's an expected shift in consumers shopping more mindfully and brands being more transparent about sustainability.

"I think we're already seeing sustainability become an expectation and not a trend," Berks says. And it involves more than being eco-friendly. It also includes being open about where materials are sourced, if employees are working in fair conditions, and if there are proper labor practices in place.

Along with shopping more sustainably, Berks also predicts that we'll see more structured design in 2021 — including hard lines, bold geometric patterns, and rich color palettes — and it might have to do with how hectic 2020 was.

"I think the chaos and uncertainty have lead to people craving more structure and continuity," Berks says. "As someone who has always been in love with the grid (using and breaking it) as a design element, I'm pretty excited about it."

Ready to shop these two major design trends? Check out our top picks below.

1. MINNA Tiny Shapes Pillow, $190

MINNA's Tiny Shapes pillow has a sweet color pattern and design that would complement any room. It's ethically made with 100% cotton and handwoven by a women-run co-op in Mexico.

2. Other Furniture Mountain Wood Wall Art, starting at $158.90

The gorgeous geometric mountainscape wall art is made with sustainably sourced and recycled wood by Texas artisans.

3. Coyuchi Pismo Organic Blanket, starting at $68

Coyuchi's Pismo Blanket has a fun geometric triangle pattern made with 100% organic cotton grown and woven in Portugal. Not only is it GOTS certified but it also comes with a reusable (and organic) cloth bag. Plus, the stonewashed blanket is super soft and perfect for layering all year long.

4. Kazi Black + Neon Abstract Vase with Glass Insert, $40

Kazi's best selling vase is all about abstract design that you can use for flowers, utensils, or to store your favorite bottle of wine. It's handmade in Rwanda with natural fibers of sisal and sweetgrass.

5. MINNA Spaces Rug (5x7), $1,450

MINNA's Spaces Rug is just as bold as it is minimal with a structured grid design. The wool and cotton rug comes in three different colors made with natural dyes from a family-run workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico.

6. The Citizenry Echelle Mud Cloth Napkin Set, $75

This six-piece napkin set is hand-loomed with organic cotton and hand-painted with food-safe dye. The napkins were made by artisans in Segou, Mali in a fair-trade environment.

7. Farmhouse Pottery Painted Oval Platter, starting at $165

Serve your favorite snacks and appetizers on the wheel-thrown ceramic platter made with natural glazes and clay.

8. Opolis Magazine Stand, $90

Not only is this magazine stand unique but it's also made with sustainably and locally sourced wood. Plus, for every product purchased from Opolis Wood Co., a tree is planted through One Tree Planted.


Pauline is a freelance lifestyle writer based in Providence, Rhode Island. When she's not writing, you can find her at her local yoga studio or scoping out hidden gems at flea markets and thrift stores.

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