The furniture business is constantly evolving. New trends come and go. Some stick around for a while, and some burn bright for what constitutes a fleeting second in the industry. The New Times reports that "New Vintage" is on the decline and a new lighter aesthetic is taking its place. Find the article here.

Remember that with good design comes the need for design protection. With cleaner, more minimalist lines, modern furniture design lends itself to design patent protection in certain cases. With a modest upfront expense, and relatively short pending periods, design patents are an ideal form of protection for some designs or particular aspects of those designs.

Design patents continue to issue weekly on furniture designs. Here is a just a sampling of design patents on more modern furniture designs:

U.S. Des. Pat. No. 610844

U.S. Des. Pat. No. 493983

U.S. Des. Pat. No. 617117

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