Interior design post-corona
11 Jan 2021
Power-assisted height-adjustable desk by Hettich
Looking into the future is not easy – and even more so when a pandemic is turning life upside down. It therefore remains to be seen whether the coronavirus crisis will have a lasting influence on home living. But it is already clear that existing developments in interior design have been strengthened and new issues have moved into focus. They are enhancing trends that have been transforming how we live for some time, such as increasing urbanisation, demographic change and digitalisation.
A new perspective on interior design
Interiors and furniture change with social developments. Due to the current situation, many people are currently spending more time than usual in their own homes or apartments. They are starting to see their homes differently as a result. Working from a home office is also changing many people’s perspective on their personal environment, prompting them to rethink their interior decor or add new functions. Manufacturers of furniture and furniture accessories were already addressing these kinds of changes in our living environments before the coronavirus outbreak: They have developed new solutions for the general reduction in living space and the increasing connection between home life and work life. With the pandemic, these themes have assumed a new and growing significance.
Home office solution by Hettich
Flexibility is an important keyword in new forms of home living. With the rise of the home office and homeschooling, many houses and apartments are taking on new functions. But the kitchen table has its limitations as a workspace. Interior design that adapts to the available space and different situations is needed more than ever before. If living and working areas cannot be separated due to space shortages, multifunctional or modular furniture and furniture systems offer intelligent solutions. These space-saving, practical concepts meet both functional needs and the desire for a place that feels like home.
Adaptable box system with handleless fronts by Blum
Health and hygiene are trending because of the current situation. These issues also concern the interior design of public and private spaces. Easy-clean surfaces such as furniture decors with antibacterial properties help with infection prevention. Recently launched products are extremely elastic and flexible, which extends their potential applications. Innovative synthetic coverings for upholstered furniture are dirt-resistant. They can be cleaned without leaving any residue and withstand treatment with disinfectants. Handleless furniture fronts can be quickly and thoroughly cleaned. In these designs, push-to-open mechanisms make opening and closing flaps, doors and pull-outs easier. Recently introduced electromechanical opening systems are especially convenient to use.
Light for the office at home by Gera Leuchten
Technology for greater convenience
Speaking of technology, the technical equipment of interior spaces has also gained a new significance due to the coronavirus outbreak. Electric height-adjustable desks and furniture surfaces with charging technology are just some of the possibilities for enhancing convenience in the home office. Good lighting promotes personal well-being, especially during the darkest time of the year. Light can foster concentration or aid relaxation. But it can also play an active role in health protection: UV LEDs can sterilize surfaces when the light is applied directly to them. They can supplement everyday lighting or be fitted in existing luminaires.
Surface collection Rauvisio crystal vario by Rehau
As uncertainty intensifies, so too does the need to create one’s own place of retreat. Designers and manufacturers were addressing the individualisation of interior design even before the coronavirus crisis began. Innovative materials and digital processes such as 3D printing now make individual product design possible even within a product range. This has the potential to assist with the development of alternative formats in areas where the pandemic has forced companies to abandon established practices. In this way, the crisis simultaneously provides an opportunity for creativity and new solutions.