The Best Home Furnishings of 2017

From a high-and-low-pile rug to a wool-and-cashmere upholstered chair, the most memorable new pieces from the last 12 months spoke to both comfort and style.

When life feels chaotic, there’s no better solace than the comfort of home. The stuff we surround ourselves with is more than mere decoration—it’s things that reflect who we are and what inspires us. Looking back at the wares featured in Surface over the past year, we noticed a subtly different spirit embedded in many of them, in which warm colors, tactile materials, and imaginative shapes that celebrate the work of the hand joined forces to create cozy, almost tender, objects. Here, we tally a few of our favorite furniture, lighting, and other pieces from the year that lend themselves to refined yet tranquil spaces. Read on for the best home furnishings of 2017.

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Folded Shelf, Muuto

This wall-mounted storage system by Johan Van Hengel is versatile and minimal, and perfect for holding anything from mail and keys to jewelry or spices. It is made from a single sheet of steel, bent into pockets. See more smart storage solutions »

Mayfair Kitchen, Visionnaire

Designed by Alessandro La Spada, this kitchen features a thick granite slab countertop inlaid with sanitized, stainless-steel herringbone. See more artful kitchens »

Girl in the Convertible Rug, Cold Picnic

Drawing inspiration—and its name—from the 1975 Michelangelo Antonioni film The Passenger, this vibrant rug collection features eight abstract textiles. Our favorite is shown here. See more top-tier textiles »

File 2.0, Artceram

This commode is minimal, but it still packs a punch. It’s available in black or white, as well as in brighter colors including blue sapphire and the red coral, shown here. See more modern bathroom ideas »

Cala Chair, Kettal

Designed by Doshi Levien, this sculptural seat has an almost regal presence with its latticed, hand-woven rope back. The aluminum frame comes in 34 color options, and the rope in 19. See more unconventional outdoor furniture »

Filo Lamp, Foscarini

Andrea Anastasio’s Filo proves that the parts of a lamp can be greater than their sum. The deconstructed fixture comes in eight color combinations. See more sculptural fixtures »

Nuez Chair, Andreu World

When creating this workplace-friendly seat, Patricia Urquiola was inspired by a sheet of paper. Its ribbed shell cradles a thermoplastic or upholstered seat. See more non-traditional office furnishings »

Calonia Swivel Chair, Dmitriy & Co

The chair pairs architectural bronze with wool-and-cashmere upholstery, making quite the statement with its rounded silhouette. See more standout seating »

Jug Family, Hay

Mette Hay, cofounder of her namesake homeware as brand, teamed up with Danish chef Frederik Bille Brahe to create a collection of kitchen essentials, including these playfully puffy vessels. See more tabletop must-haves »

Tahitia Grasscloth Wallpaper, Vousta

Designed by George Venson for his brilliant print-happy wallpaper line, this print features a hand-painted pattern of towering leaves. See more head-turning wall coverings »

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