Atelier Phi Leads the Way in 2014 Furniture Design Trends

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Switzerland-based furniture boutique Atelier Phi is leading the way in many of the top 2014 interior design trends recently announced by thought leaders at (1). Atelier Phi owner and designer Sophia Slingerland comments on the current trends and discusses what it takes to carve out new paths in contemporary furniture craftsmanship.

Recycling Bench

Multifunctional Recycling Bench by Atelier Phi

I started Atelier Phi to push the boundaries of design using innovative shapes, materials and structures to create beautiful furniture with superb functionality.

Leading architecture and design blog has announced their annual list of furniture design trends for 2014, many of which speak to Atelier Phi’s unique design process, such as an increased focus on customisation, sustainable materials and multifunctionality.

On the rising popularity of custom-made furniture, states, “Custom is usually noticeably different and different sparks conversation. People are now expressing their personality through their furniture more and more.”

Slingerland’s furniture is sparking conversation, having been compared to innovative small scale architecture in recent exhibitions across Nyon, Geneva and Montreux, Switzerland this year.

“I’m glad that more people are seeing the appeal of custom designs,” says Slingerland. “Mass produced furniture has its place, but to have at least one unique chair, table or bench in your living space really communicates your personal style. The furniture of Atelier Phi is created either bespoke or in very small series so there is a lot of care and pride put into every piece.”

The use of environmentally friendly materials is also on the rise and recommends choosing furniture made from a sustainable local source to be certain of its origins and impact on the environment. Sustainability is a main concern for Slingerland, as she has made it a priority to use only Switzerland-based suppliers and eco-friendly materials in her designs.

In addition to sustainability, this year’s trends emphasise multifunctional furniture – especially in modern, minimalistic home design. Atelier Phi’s Recycling Bench illustrates this trend, as it combines three different utilities. The Recycling Bench can be used to separate and store recyclable materials with a chalkboard finish for note-taking and reminders; as a durable kitchen seating area with storage underneath; or as a vertical column of drawers befitting of a lounge or hobby room.

While Altelier Phi embodies the latest furniture trends, Slingerland is always aiming to think outside the box. “I started Atelier Phi to push the boundaries of design using innovative shapes, materials and structures to create beautiful furniture with superb functionality. In order to do this, you have to remain flexible and inspired by your surroundings. It’s not enough to challenge the ordinary but you must aim to inspire on every level.”

(1) “15 Fresh Furniture Trends to Watch For in 2014”, 2 April 2014.

About Atelier Phi

Atelier Phi is a Switzerland-based furniture boutique showcasing the work of architect and designer, Sophia Slingerland. All pieces are either unique or made in very small series to ensure the highest quality and craftsmanship. Slingerland believes in bringing design principles of architecture into interior spaces to create furniture that is eco-friendly, beautiful, flexible and defies the ordinary. For more information or to enquire about bespoke furniture creations, visit the Atelier Phi website or contact Sophia Slingerland directly at s.slingerland(at)

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