The concept of furniture should strike a major chord for designers. We should feel the sense of responsibility to research and specify only pieces that have a function and purpose. Putting aesthetic aside, spaces are meant to be designed with intent.
How is the space used?
What activities will be performed?
Who and how many will occupy the area?
How modular or permanent is the space?
Is it a private or public space?
Should it feel intimate or spacious?
What are the key elements, focus points and introductions of other elements?
Is it working harmoniously with nature or in contrast with it?
How does the space affect you and improve your experience?
It's easy to fill up a space with "things', typically unnecessary and often inarticulate to it's function and purpose. We see this most often in suburban homes where the family room exist. These rooms are mostly the first room when entering, extremely large, disproportioned and resembles more of a museum than a functioning space.
You might see an increasing used term called, minimalism developing. From a designers position I would say this is a good transition. Minimalism condones a feeling of emptiness and coldness. Designed properly that connotation can be dismissed completely. When exceptional minimalism works, it is highly detailed, intricate and complex, while appearing simple. If a bare wall exist, it should exist to highlight its texture-light-drama [to name a few possibilities]. In almost the same way that a window should be placed with absolute precision. It should be a statement, art, a moment of bliss and enlightenment. This element can and should be found in even the smallest, most awkward and unintentional places. This is where we reach a level of distinction and harmony.