When CGTrader asked to reply to the following question:
Which are the design trends we need to consider now for the future?
I looked for a simple and effective way to answer such a complex question in one blogpost.
So I thought about five keywords that recap 5 design trends that could last over time and represent how the future of design will look like. I focused on interior and product design, as for ITALIANBARK focus, but these words can have a wider scope to be part of broader discussion about the future of design.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Designing for the future | 5 key Design Trends 2018 to Last
DESIGN TREND #1 | Multifunctional
One design, several functions.
The trend for people is to own less objects than before, with more quality and more functionality, less unnecessary stuff: a decluttered home helps to live a better life, and helps the planet by reducing waste. Houses tend also to be smaller and smaller, so design helps to find out solutions which can have several functions in one single object.
Multifunctional technology help people by adding smart solutions to daily objects, increasing the quality of our lives: thinking for example about kitchen appliances, or about smart home devices, but technology can also help to find solutions to reduce waste and help the environment.
DESIGN TREND #2 | Colorful
After years of minimalism and total white, design is rediscovering color.
Bold and saturated shades are back, like those I talked about in this post about Color Trends 2018 from Milan Design Week; blue, red, orange, yellow mustard, green, or also iridescent colors. Interiors become more and more colorful, decorated with color block and geometric motifs. It’s an 80s comeback, but also generally talking an increasing interest towards color-related issues, as demonstrated for example by Pantone’s success in producing design objects.
The Visit by Studiopepe, featured on ITALIANBARK from Milan Design Week 2017
Hidden Tints by Note Design Studio, featured on ITALIANBARK here
DESIGN TREND #3 | Movable
Movable, which also means temporary, evolving, assembled, dismantled.
New generations have no fixed roots, people change their homes more and more often; increasingly popular are the digital nomads, living by changing Country and city from time to time and working in the web. New design needs to be smart, inexpensive, easy-to-carry, easy-to-assemble and dismantled. IKEA success starts from this fact and the brand now opens also to well-known designers and brands to design not-expensive, smart and easy furniture.
muji hut movable timber prefab housing project
Envisions concept design display the process more than the final design – featured on ITALIANBARK from Dutch Design Week 2016 here
DESIGN TREND #4 | Raw
Design becomes highly tactile.
Finishes are natural and raw, reflecting a desire for going back to the essential. Marble, granite, terrazzo, raw wood and concrete are some of the most popular materials because of their textures. Handmade products are more and more loved because of their uniqueness and imperfection, with increasing popularity of handmade ceramics, blown glass, weaved rugs, and e-shops selling and promoting handmade design such as Etsy.com.
DESIGN TREND #5 | Hybrid
Hybrid means culture mix, style mix, contaminations, pattern.
This is the result of a continuous cultural exchange, virtually thanks to the net, but also in real life thanks to fast and low-cost ways for travelling also on far distances. On the other side it is also the result of people migrations, due to political-economical-natural serious issues that force people to move. This generate new interesting Cross-Culture collaborations, melting pots design collections and also changes our own taste towards design.
Also, the trendiest interior styles are a mix of different moods. I talked for example about Japandi interior trend, which matches wabi sabi Japanese philosophy with Scandinavian minimalism; or about the scandi-boho interior style, combining Scandinavian and Bohemian inspiration.
If you loved this post don’t forget to share with #designingforfuture