At New York's Design Week this year, furniture pieces exhibited offer a color commentary.

The past five years have been particularly a struggle for the design industry and in particular home and commercial furnishings. The economic crash caused by the big banks reduced the demand for furniture to fill office and residential projects. So sales for companies that provide seating, case goods and lighting haven’t been as strong compared with more prosperous times. The slow economy has also slowed product development and this has been noticeable at recent editions of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair where new product introductions have been more sporadic.

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