As furniture and design trends evolve to accommodate the rise of the frugal millennial and fashionable minimalism, we continue to see new developments in what’s chic – and low-slung seating is the next cool thing.
It can be difficult to parse what’s trending from what’s merely affordable and convenient, but there’s no denying a shift for many toward a freer, more open-minded design aesthetic. Millennials embrace a culture of convenience that’s redefining what’s cool, even when it comes to something as simple as sitting down.
For a lot of people these days, it’s hipper to demonstrate style savvy by how much you save rather than how much you splurge, and seating provides a great opportunity – everyone needs it, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
Of course, the closer you get to the floor the more affordable seating tends to get …
OPTION: The bean bag. Bean bags come in all shapes, sizes, styles and price points, which make them a great choice for a lot of different looks. They’re also mobile, which adds convenience when it comes to extra seating.
Global Style Influence
The shift toward simpler furniture choices is also bolstered by (or a product of) a growing interest in other lifestyles that shrug off the bigger-is-better mentality for leaner, cleaner design choices. But, how does that inform how we relax?
Many cultures use simple, sometimes ancient seating styles that adhere to traditions established before “fancier” seating brought people up off the floor. North Africans, Middle Easterners, the Japanese – these and many other cultures still occasionally commune or eat while sitting on or near the ground.
OPTION: The pouf, ottoman or cushion. Indeed, the ottoman gets its name from the Ottoman Empire, and Turkish culture still observes the interior design traditions that make them a staple.
Try some of these low-profile seating options in your space and see if it you can find your floor-level comfort zone.