Pocket systems by Blum bring great advantages to furniture design and assembly, © Julius Blum GmbH
New perspectives on home working seem to be evolving rapidly in the coronavirus pandemic. But what do they mean for interior design?
The use of digital media and the growing overlaps between our professional and our private lives were resulting in new forms of living and working even before corona. Trends that had been apparent for some years are now picking up speed. Issues such as how to create a home office have assumed a whole new significance in the crisis. One thing seems to be clear: How we live and how we furnish our homes are set to change in the long run.
Moving between different spheres of life
Unprecedented events like the coronavirus pandemic affect the world in all spheres of life. Lockdowns and social distancing regulations have made working from home a reality for many. This has focused even greater attention on a healthy work-life balance. But many living spaces are not designed to serve simultaneously as an office. Those working from home frequently find themselves distracted and overloaded as a consequence.
Flexible design solutions
Home working calls for creative ideas. After all, the kitchen table has its limitations as a desk. Innovative furniture concepts that adapt flexibly to different situations are needed, and not just since the coronavirus outbreak. Lighting must also be adaptable so that it can create a comforting and cosy atmosphere as well as fostering a pleasant work environment.
Wireless charging technology integrated into the tabletop, © Homapal GmbH
Integrated technology for greater convenience
Modern technology makes working in the home office more convenient and efficient. Digital tools support home workers while video conferencing enables teamwork. But technical installations should be as unobtrusive as possible in living spaces. Cables and other distracting technical elements must be concealed in the furniture or integrated into the interior. Intelligent storage solutions can conceal bulky devices and simultaneously create more space for work.
Interior concepts as links
The quality of home life will not be determined by furniture design, however, but by the interior structure. Architects and interior designers were already developing growing numbers of loft-style solutions and open-plan interior concepts before corona. Ideas like these see the different areas of the home become gradually merged. Many designers view the modern home as a membrane between various functions and between inside and outside. This trend is likely to have a growing influence on the design of tomorrow’s homes.
One World Collection for individually designed living spaces, © Swiss Krono Group
New products and manufacturing techniques
Flexibility, saving space and convenience are crucial factors in the design of future living environments. The ways in which we live and work are becoming more heterogeneous and call for new solutions. Issues such as ergonomicsand health benefits are increasingly influencing furniture design – and not just because of the current pandemic. The desire for bespoke interior design that adapts to the individual’s needs calls for new forms and production techniques as well.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s home living
The changes in our living environments pose new challenges for the furniture industry and its suppliers. interzum plays a special role here as a catalyst for new ideas. The trade fair is a central communication platform for the industry and provides diverse inspiration. The most pioneering products appear in Cologne alongside new technological developments and innovations in materials. At the next event from 4 to 7 May 2021, suppliers to the furniture industry will gather again to present numerous new launches and look ahead to the future of home living – with a special focus on the coronavirus crisis and the changes resulting from it.