How are design and interiors going to change after the pandemic?
For sure, new needs and lifestyles are emerging from the days we are living now. We are in a moment of significant uncertainty, but there are already some new rising trends we can observe as a consequence of the pandemic.
We think it’s absolutely essential now, more than ever, to keep ourselves inspired and updated, not to get discouraged by the hard times we are all living. This period is at the same time really uncertain but also filled with an amazing number of innovations and changes. We are researching and studying to try to better imagine what the post-Covid design trends may be.
Throughout all this month , we will be sharing a trend update starting from the key Macro Design Trends for 2020-2021 we spotted at the Milan Design Week 2019. We are analyzing how these trends have changed or accelerated in light of the pandemic-crisis.
We hope this series of posts will inspire you and your business, even in these uncertain times.
TREND BUNDLE 2020-2021
A GREAT DEAL TO STAY INSPIRED IN UNCERTAIN TIMES
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the Milan Design Week 2020 has been postponed to 2021. Most of the trends and designs we saw last year, however, still relevant in 2020 and most probably it will be accelerated until the next year.
Our idea is to share our MDW 2019 e-book and webinar together with an updated research on how the current international scenario will impact interior and design trends.
Which trends are still relevant? What will probably change, gain momentum or perhaps disappear?
TOP DESIGN TRENDS 2020-2021
from Milan Design Week 2019
#2 Becoming Human
The rise and rapid evolution of disruptive technologies such as A.I. (Artificial Intelligence), augmented reality, biotechnology and 3D printing are challenging us with important issues. For example: is technology changing design? Will A.I. replace designers? How will robotics affect our way of living?
As far as designers and companies are concerned, the future seems to be more about a creative collaboration between designers and algorithms, rather than a replacement of designers with A.I.
The Italian brand Kartell, French designer Philippe Starck and 3D software company Autodesk have collaborated for the launch of the first chair that will be created by A.I. in collaboration with human beings. The team has used an algorithm to conceive a chair with as minimal material as possible, while still matching the comfort and aesthetic standards required.
Amazon instead is showing how A.I. can take the ever growing area of smart homes to a higher level of functionality where homes can proactively help their inhabitants. The introduction of voice based services, such as Alexa, can let us control a wide range of devices just with the use of our voice.
Biotechnology is also pushing the boundaries towards products that are a true expression of our bodies and needs. Puma, in collaboration with MIT and Fraunhofer Institute, has designed the Breathing Shoe with microorganisms including bacteria (the good ones), fungi and micro algae that can sense sweat or heat. During physical activity our feet sweat and produce heat with more intensity in some areas. These microorganisms remove the material on the shoe in a selective way in the most crucial areas creating unique ventilation patterns.
All these new technologies are impacting the visual side of design, and as a result new colors, shapes and textures are emerging. According to the Korean company Noroo, leader in the paint sector, the colors of the future will be fluid, nuanced, undefined, metaphysical and lunar like the tides.
TOP DESIGN TRENDS 2020-2021
#2 Connecting Human
“Becoming Human” is one of the trends we’ve spotted at the last Milan Design Week. This trend is related to the great rising in disruptive technologies, such as A.I. and augmented reality, both in interiors and design.
Needless to say, the COVID crisis brought this macro trend to an incredible acceleration. Our needs, however, have totally changed impacting the very purposes of disruptive technologies. With social distancing becoming a reality, the key purpose of technology now is to find new ways to connect people to their families, friends and co-workers, but also to connect people with their everyday needs and habits that due to the pandemic have been interrupted. That’s why we have called this second macro trend “Connecting Human“.
Let’s discover more together.