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 mini version of it in 2021, the international design show “Salone del Mobile”, held annually in Milan, Italy, to be arranged. since 1961, returned with full momentum last month.

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

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

Outside designs moved inside

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

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

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

Natural stone brand SolidNature teamed up with Dutch designer Sabine Marselis and studio OMA to reimagine the home’s furniture as monolithic onyx and marble slabs, 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 material to design ten inflatable products.

Designer Maximilian Marchesani also took inspiration from nature by designing hanging tree branches and adding LED lighting that looks like fur light poles wrapped in silk, which naturally conduct electricity.

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

Sustainability was an important topic during Design Week.

Italian acoustics company Slalom used recycled plastic bottles to build a brightly colored soundproof room that can double as a noise-free space. California-based company Prowl Studio also unveiled lounge furniture that used environmentally friendly materials and computer-generated upholstery.

At the same time, almost 600 participants presented their work on the theme “Design for our 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 the Italian designer Martino Gamper, based in the British capital, London, displayed a series 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 could look like in the post-pandemic era
British fashion designer Stella McCartney teamed up with wallpaper design firm Cole & Son to create a signature funky print, plain_text.Credit: Stella McCartney

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

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

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

Prada’s previous foray into the furniture world went a step further with a two-day multidisciplinary seminar sponsored by research-based studio Formafantasma that explored the relationship between the natural environment and design.

Fluid Bodies and Adaptable Forms

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

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

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

Including bringing the outdoors indoors.  This is what homes could look like in the post-pandemic era
The exhibition highlighted works by a variety of different artisans, plain_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 series 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 could look like
Vases get a new look in the gallery, plain_textCredit: Isabella Del Grandi

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

From Ghanaian weaving lamps and recycled PET bottles to a lounge chair meticulously embroidered with floral leather motifs, the pieces on show embrace heritage skills from different cultures, highlighting a slower approach to design.

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