Well we just wrapped up the 2016 Edmonton Home and Garden Show at the Northlands Expo Centre. Thanks to everyone for coming out and stopping by to say hi to us. If you missed it, well you should have some serious FOMO (fear of missing out) right about now...because you missed caramel/peanut butter filled chocolate hand outs! (We are cocky knowing we hand out the best treats, because we know when you are walking 15 football field lengths to see everything at this show, you need a sweet pick me up).
The thing about home shows, trade shows, design conferences etc., it gets you thinking about the future of the industry. What new products will storm our catalogs? What new design/home technologies will launch into the market? How will these products, services and technologies change the way we approach design? How will they affect the design process? How will they alter the way a home looks, or the way our clients wish to function in their space?
Well okay... maybe not everyone's mind goes there right away when searching for that hot tub for the backyard, but it's hard not to notice the newest floor plan light switches, iRobot maids, and touch technology countertops (seriously I am not making this up...keep reading!!).
Of course, like any industry, we as professionals must keep up to date on changes and progress in our field and other related disciplines. Many companies release informative articles, promotional videos, and future insight reports to share their vision of what's to come. A while back IKEA released a "Concept Kitchen 2025" video to display what they think is yet to come.
This got me thinking and researching. What do I foresee the future of interior design to look like, feel like, sound like, and smell like...?
1. MODULAR FURNITURE
With an ever increasing trend of "open concept" interiors, modular furniture solutions create adaptable and modifiable spaces. Modular furniture allows for multi purpose spaces that grow and change for and with the end users. Whether providing solutions for small living, or buying a bed that grows with the stages of a child, modular furniture is highly integrated into the design and space planning phase.
2. PROMOTE PLAY: KIDS
Let the kids be kids! Design that promotes learning, play, creativity, and collaboration.
3. CORPORATE CULTURE
Corporate culture has become a major focal point for companies in order to portray a brand "personality", appeal to specific consumer values, and increase employee productivity. The physical design of the office is one of the main ingredients in creating this "corporate culture".
Not to say that this doesn't exist in present day...
However, we are seeing a shift to more of this nowadays...
4. BIOPHILIC DESIGN
Simply put, biophilic design incorporates nature within a space in order to connect humans with the natural environment. "Biophilia" literally translates to BIO=living things + PHILIA=love....= LOVE OF LIVING THINGS.
Studies have shown we are at our best mentally and physically when surrounded by a natural setting. This research has been adopted into the interior design of spaces, bringing a greater shift to move the "outdoors" to the "indoors".
5. SMART HOMES
Just a few of the crazy, cool, and sometimes creepy advances in technology and it's integration into the home.