interzum 2017: Trends for future living spaces



© Klöckner Pentaplast, Grass, Rehau, Schattdecor

Living is variety: Within a confined space various processes and design requirements come together – and will continue to change rapidly. interzum 2017 will take a look at trends and products for the design of future living spaces.

In the living environment, significant changes can be observed today. The perceptions of classic living areas have, for instance, broadened: The kitchen has become a full-value living space, the bedroom is already more than a retreat at night, whilst we increasingly associate places outside our private sphere – stores, offices, lounges – with perceptions of homely comfort. This results in interactions between room typologies and demands on perception; exacting requirements for functional comfort are combined with a new emotionality.

Common to all living zones is the increased attention to spatial aura, quality processing, ecological quality, functional flexibility as well as visually and haptically appealing surfaces. These qualities interact right through to materiality and technology. An example for this are decorative laminates: criteria of sustainability combined with highest abrasion, humidity and light resistance and animated surfaces. Computer-aided production technology also promotes the trend towards customized design: Economic individualised solutions have found their way into the mineral material field just as with veneers, which combine finest processing with a natural surface feel and have developed from a pure surface material into an independent material.


© Salice, Impress, Rehau, Woodbox Karl Baliko

Developments in areas where the tasks appear primarily technical-functional are similarly exciting. Modern fitting solutions, for example, allow a rethinking of established functional routines – and thus their creative answering. Evolutions in consumer electronics took place even faster: Instead of huge appliances small, elegant interfaces become part of the pieces of furniture and space-determining elements. Just as in the lighting field: LED and OLED technology allow glare-free integration of sustainable lighting concepts directly into furniture and components: moving away from the luminaire and towards atmosphere and interior.

So regardless whether you look at the new, stimulating surfaces or deliberately behind them – the trend is clear: Technology and materials combine performative as well as sensual functions. Innovations, which strongly influence and interlink design trends, will be shown at interzum 2017.