The post-Covid-19 era. How will home designs differ?

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – After being postponed for a year due to the Corona pandemic, and a smaller version of it in 2021, the international design show “Salone del Mobile” is held annually in Milan, Italy , be arranged. since 1961, has returned with full momentum last month.

Offers and equipment were distributed among the galleries that suggested new ideas for what the homes of the future might look like.

From a focus on craftsmanship and sustainability, to designs that push the boundaries, here are some of the highlights of the event.

Exterior designs moved inside

Nature-inspired decor may become an indoor trend in the future., Plain_textCredit: Jonathan Hokklo

In response to the time we have spent indoors over the past two years, nature and organic materials have accompanied many of the most interesting works at Milan Design Week.

In Milan’s Brera region, Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper teamed up with international interior design studio AB Concept to showcase Japanese-inspired wallpaper.

Natural stone brand SolidNature teamed up with Dutch designer Sabine Marselis and studio OMA to reconsider the house’s furniture as monolithic onyx and marble countertops, resulting in a massive bathroom, multifunctional rotating dresser and imposing (though perhaps not very comfortable) ) bed. .

Milan-based studio DWA Design used raw materials for interior design by creating a table of soil and wildflowers, while industrial design students at Muthesius University used air as a material to design ten inflatable products.

Designer Maximilian Marchessani also drew inspiration from nature by designing hanging tree branches and adding LED lighting that looks like fur light poles wrapped in silk, and is naturally electrically conductive.

Including bringing the outdoors indoors.  This is what homes might look like in the post-pandemic era
The design gallery also included futuristic furniture made from raw materials., Plain_textCredit: Matteo Parodi

Sustainability was an important topic during Design Week.

The Italian acoustics company Slalom used recycled plastic bottles to build a brightly colored soundproof room that could serve as a noise-free space. California-based company Prowl Studio also unveiled living room furniture that used eco-friendly materials and computer-generated upholstery.

At the same time, almost 600 participants presented their work on the theme “Design for ourselves in the future”, focusing on sustainable practices.

Funky design materials are also emerging, with lighting design brand ServoMuto experimenting with Lycra to create a lamp range.

In addition, it organized many recycling activities, as Italian designer Martino Gamper, based in the British capital, London, displayed a range of recycled antique furniture in a contemporary style at the Nilufar depot.

From fashion to furniture

Including bringing the outdoors indoors.  This is what homes might look like in the post-pandemic era
British fashion designer Stella McCartney has teamed up with wallpaper design firm Cole & Son to create a distinctive funky print, plain_text.Credit: Stella McCartney

Fashion brands have never hesitated to play with interior designs. This year, however, has proven that this trend is ripe for growth.

And to well-known brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes and Ralph Lauren, who have all provided beautiful accessories to showcase their furniture collections, a myriad of notable brands have entered the world of furniture design and practice.

The British design company, Paul Smith, has launched for the first time a furniture collection consisting of colorful sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and more, in collaboration with the company “DePadova”.

Previous entry into the furniture world, Prada went a step further with a two-day multidisciplinary seminar sponsored by the research-based studio Formafantasma, which explores the relationship between the natural environment and design.

Liquid bodies and adaptable shapes

Including bringing the outdoors indoors.  This is what homes might look like in the post-pandemic era
Designer Maximilian Marchesani was inspired by nature for lighting fixtures that look like tree branches, plain_textCredit: Maximilian Marchesani

Design Week was packed with modular products and stackable home accessories, perhaps as a sign of the growing demand for flexible workspaces from home.

Los Angeles-based brand Loose Parts has unveiled a fascinating showcase of modular furniture that can be put together, disassembled and reassembled, designed in part to reduce landfill waste and encourage reuse, alluding to the idea of ​​new possibilities are interiors. self.

Including bringing the outdoors indoors.  This is what homes might look like in the post-pandemic era
The exhibition highlighted works by a variety of different artisans, ordinary_textCredit: Andrea Ceriani

Belgrade-based designer Maria Kojic showcased a modular children’s accessory that can serve as a play structure and a circular workspace, while Japanese designer Ryosuke Fukusada created a range of lighting with endless design options in the main gallery.

Elsewhere, British designer Mark Wood has also introduced two sets of lighting, which can be used as individual pendants, or stacked to form a variety of decorative patterns and creative shapes.

craft rules

In the post-pandemic era .. this is what the homes of the future might look like
Vases get a new look in the gallery, plain_textCredit: Isabella Del Grandi

The future of home design can be an age-old craft. The exhibition prominently focused on traditional techniques and highlighted the artificial creations by the world’s manufacturers.

From Ghanaian weaving lamps and recycled PET bottles to a lounge chair carefully embroidered with floral leather motifs, the pieces on display embrace heritage skills of different cultures, emphasizing a slower approach to design.

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