Not only patents and trademarks, but also design registrations can be searched and analyzed in order to find out if the outer appearance of a product might be protected by a registered design. Searches can be performed with respect to national designs or registered community designs.
The search can be restricted to a certain kind of product, such as a piece of furniture, as listed in the Locarno Classification for Industrial Designs. It can also be limited to certain companies or geographical areas.
Let us know what you are interested in and we will advise if a design search makes sense and help you to set up the search profile.