Yep, it's a big post, but we had so much fun gathering all this data and making this infographic, we didn't want to hide it. Enjoy and chat back below.
I might have voted for it, had I known the cup holder on the sofa would look so awesome. ;-)
I am surprised by the blue would not have guessed that at all!
Did you visit my house when I wasn't home?
Nice graphics, AT!
cute infographic! happy to see the blues are liked. Our gus Atwood sofa in surf is definitely very popular! gonna have to recind the drink holder designs we had on tap for 2014...;)
They just haven't heard that green is the new black...or will be after we are inundated with it in every dwell magazine out there for the next 6 months!
Sneaky...you lured me in with the cupholder question! I got a good laugh out of that one. Mine would be full of lint, cheerios, paper clips, gum wrappers......not a good idea!
Fun to read and beautifully designed!
this is great! I really am surprised that organic furniture and made in the USA is below a 50%. I wonder what it was compared last year. This is a great infograph.
Was "hidden" a choice for televisions or did people have to chose between on the wall or on a piece of furniture? It is my pet peeve that people do not put their television sets in cabinets anymore. I do not like the look of them.
Was the made in USA question only for American survey takers? I certainly look to buy local, but that doesn't mean made in the USA for me, so I would have had to answer 'no'.
I was surprised that the majority prefer their TV on a piece of furniture instead of the wall.
I am surprised that the Made in USA didn't get more votes. I recently heard that a very large percentage of people would be willing to pay more money for most products if they were made in USA. (If my brain were not Swiss cheese I would remember the exact percentage.) And, more than 50% of people in China would prefer to purchase something made in USA.I have thought about starting a Made in USA website. I know many exist, but they are pretty half-assed. I'd love a really, really good resource.
@Jessica from CapeofDreams, I DO like my flat screen TV, especially when it is showing a fascinating program! Why hide it away? I'm not ashamed, and when we have guests, we are all perfectly capable of looking at each other and not the TV...But I demand a recount on the cupholder question!!! ;^) (Joking, I don't want one, honest!)
Haha, I love the cupholder. Nice infographic!
I think Pantone missed the mark by a wide margin with the color of the year. Should have been indigo for sure.
Very nice Infographic! I like that everyone seems to be going for higher-quality, rather than low-price. I definitely am willing to spend more if the product will last longer.
People that think made in the USA is a purchasing decision for this product category haven't really thought out the decision process.The whole buy local thing never really works on a large scale when the price differences are 50% or a couple hundred dollars on large purchases...like cars. 10-20% sure...but 50% more is just unreasonable to expect someone to accept.Then all you've got left is the US resting on laurels of quality- and if they have the quality they should sell it as that. Quality. Not a location. The 45% of people that said yes to that question are idiots, or at the very least confused about how their brain works.
My storage furniture style is "whatever I can make myself from plans", thanks to a garage workshop. Most of the time it's Mission style or MCM with light and dark accents.
I don't understand what you're saying. Most cars that are sold in the US are actually made in the US. Toyota, Nissan, Mercedes, and BMW (just to name a few) all have factories in the US and the car, while Japanese or German engineered, most likely came from Alabama or Georgia or Mississippi. These vehicles don't have a higher price tag because of where they were manufactured because there is no large market to import vehicles from overseas.
Oh what an awesome survey! My go to colors are: all of the above! : ) Thanks for the great post!NicoleMood Design Studio
@ SherryBinNH I understand that people have different tastes and that a lot of people do not mind the look of the television displayed openly in the room. I was just questioning why there was not an option for people, like me, who do not.
blues, greens grays, add whites and you've got my whole house palette.my furniture style is eclectic, but most is not American made. Wish I could, but its all about price point. We are pretty decent at mixing IKEA, Urban Home, shabby chic, and CL upcycled stuff. I'd love some high quality, N. Carolina custom made upholstered pieces, but I don't have 10k. So I do the best I can on a low design budget. I suspect many other city dwellers are well versed in this style of collecting;)a question I would like to have seen: Do you decorate to impress your friends, or for yourself, or both? I am a photographer and very sensitive to color, spatial relationships, and light, so I fill my home with things I find beautiful and interesting. None of my friends are design snobs, they are all artists and do up their places with very cool, inexpensive stuff to please themselves. But when I lived in LA, I'd go to clients houses that were clearly decorated to impress the visitor. No judgement, just a different style of living.I'd take the cupholder sofa, and a remote/magazine holder as well;0
I too was surprised people liked the tv hogging up a valuable piece of interior real estate that can be used for cool knick knacks. My wall hanging tv seems to just blend in with the surrounding art including the ceramics atop the cabinet below the tv which hides the vcr. I do however have a pet peeve on wall hanging tvs when the cord shows. So if one does not want to properly install the tv (no cord showing) then yes, have it on a stand.
agree with the ones who like the lay out of the quiz.we want more we want more!
I want a cup holder! The older I get the more practical I want my furniture to be. If I'm snuggled up with someone on a couch watching a movie I want to keep my beer close by!I think my go-to color for fashion this year is royal blue and for my home I'd say medium gray. My favorite purchase so far this year have been a set of gray flannel sheets. Now that it's warming up I know I will eventually have to swap them out but in the mean time I've been doing well with just the top sheet over me at night. It's a nice and minimalist.
So we're all loving this little infographic, and as a visual communicator, I must pose the question - WHO made it? Where is his/her/their byline?! Great work deserves to be recognized /credited and the people who did it should get recognition (and a google search to see more of their work and portfolios).I can't imagine *written content* not getting a byline on AT or TheKitchn....Mad props to the (unacknowledged) designer!And I was surprised by the tyranny of blue thing, too :)
When was this information collected? I don't recall any survey.
I can't believe only 20% of people would buy an uncomfortable chair for the look of it. Practically any mcm chair is uncomfortable. An unusual chair can make a room.
@thorndale I don't disagree that people will pay more for the whole quality of life argument...but I think that number is much closer to 10-20 higher rather than 40-50 higher.This is just from experience working with clients that have tried to make the made in the US approach and seen it flop until the price points got closer. I think its something people love the idea of, but in practice price is just a factor people can't avoid as much as they would like to....probably why most of the studies are so vague when they ask that question. My guess price increase vs desire to purchase is an exponential downward curve that is close to 1-5% of people still buying over 25%.
I'd forgotten about the survey; was it before the holidays last year? Blue didn't exactly come out on top (and I'm stuck with an expanse of LR blue carpet) as the rest of the results = 'anything but blue'. I'm surprised / disappointed green and brown didn't rate higher. I'm happy for the first time, the TV is in the BR & not the LR. Maybe sofas could have a good looking plug in outlet for an optional cupholder? Lastly, that is a good graphic; the designer should be credited.
GREAT infographic -- blues/grays are the colors clients are currently asking for most and can then be paired with colors that provide the "pop" to the room. In terms of selecting furniture -- our philosophy is always to purchase a piece that you love and that will last, then budget around the rest.
Was recently in a number of furniture stores where they had entire lines of couches, loveseats, and recliners with built in cup holders. Some of them even lit up! *gag* They all looked like they had been yanked out of an RV. Who are they making these ghastly pieces of furniture for if 0% are interested in cup holders in their furniture? (and yes, I realize that is just 0% of people that took the survey...but still.)
I do consider myself fortunate that my aesthetic tends towards vintage so I have a large selection of made in USA as well as the ability to see what has been of quality in that it is still in good shape after decades of use. I think with furniture one has to be careful about the perception of quality and made in the USA. There are plenty of crappy sofas coming out of North Carolina. While I like the idea of Made in the USA being a potential symbol of quality, it is not. And sometimes products made in Europe are better and give me the peace of mind that they hopefully were made under fair labor laws. Still, I dream of being able to buy everything made in USA and products of quality. My husband and I long ago set an income threshold and decided once we crossed it we would start to buy from independent stores and made in USA when possible. We have arrived at the threshold and it is still a challenge to find the right products. I wish AT had an ongoing shopping guide for such finds.
The information was based on a survey on AT, and it's credited to AT and to FurnitureToday, so it seems like enough credit going around. Possibly a team worked on it.
Am also longing to see a design credit. Credit where credit is due, please, AT!
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