by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 01, 2014

Event furniture styles and preferences change from year to year, season to season. M&C spoke with industry pros to see what pieces, colors and styles are in demand for 2014. Our panel of experts:

• Elle Carr, senior vice president, marketing and special events, New York City-based Taylor Creative Inc. (888-245-4044;

• Marty Clarke, director of event management, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa (954-525-4000;

• Greg Jenkins, owner of Long Beach, Calif.-based Bravo Productions (562-435-0065;

•  C. Aaron Sayre, director of creative services, Hollywood, Fla.-based Hello! Florida Destination Management (

•  Tricia Schmitt, vice president, brand management, Pennsauken, N.J.-based AFR Furniture Rental & Event Furnishings (888-237-7368;

Following are their picks for the top 10 furniture trends for 2014. Contact suppliers for rental pricing and availability; if not available in your destination, local suppliers might have similar offerings.


  • Vintage Vogue
    Vintage vogue: "Vintage furniture, from Edwardian couches to mid-20th-century styles, is changing the rental landscape," says C. Aaron Sayre of Hello! Florida. "It started at social events, and now corporate groups want the look." Large furniture rental firms like AFR and Taylor Creative carry vintage-look pieces.
  • Bare wood
    Bare naked wood: Elegant wooden tables and chairs, sans linens or embellishments, are a top request, according to rental firms and event pros. The rustic set pictured is available for events at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa. Firms like Taylor Creative have similar items to rent.
  • Pop up pub
    Pop-up pub: Trendy restaurant and pub furniture, featuring sleek wooden tables surrounded by tall metal chairs or stools, offer a sophisticated look for dining areas. AFR Furniture Rental & Event Furnishings carries the pieces pictured.
  • Mirror2
    Mirror, mirror: Glamorous mirrored tables add the perfect polish to upscale seated events. Luxe Event Rentals (718-629-6909; offers several styles, from simple to opulent, in varying sizes.
  • Gatsby
    Gatsby glamour: The Great Gatsby era of the late 1920s has a huge influence on style and fashion in general. Tufted seating and refined club-look tables provide the ambiance of the bygone era. Taylor Creative and Designer*8 Furniture Rental (310-873-3118; carry styles from the period.
  • modular
    Modern modular: For lounge areas and receptions, modular furniture, with interchangeable pieces that can be adapted to fit different spaces, never goes out of style. Taylor Creative (featured here) and Totally Mod Event Furnishings (407-816-1905; offer a wide range of modular designs.
  • lawn
    Lawn furniture: Furniture covered in AstroTurf, used indoors or out, reflects the green trend in meetings and events, according to Marty Clarke. Among suppliers who carry the green line are Del Monsoon Event Furnishings (843-882-7728;
  • Cool white
    Cool white: White-on-white furniture, like these dining tables and chairs used by Hello! Florida, has been hot in recent years and remains so.
  • comfy chairs
    Comfy chairs: The Lucite Ghost chairs so popular for the past five years have been eclipsed. The new "it" chair for banquets is the Chandelle, available in a rainbow of colors and cushioned with comfy padded seats. Great Hire USA (786-899-1953; is one outfit that carries them.
  • Bright now
    Bright now: Color is popping up everywhere, and jewel-like brights (ruby, sapphire, turquoise and amethyst), such as found in these stunning furnishings and accents from AFR Furniture Rental & Event Furnishings, add a pop to receptions and meals.