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 will be held in 2021, the international design exhibition “Salone del Mobile”, held annually in Milan be arranged , Italy since 1961, returned in full force last month.

Exhibitions and installations are spread throughout the galleries, suggesting 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.

The exterior designs were carried over to the interior

Decor inspired by nature may become an interior trend in the future., plain_textCredit: Jonathan Hoklo

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

And in Milan’s Brera district, Brooklyn-based Calico Wallpaper 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 Marsilis and studio OMA to rethink home furniture as harmonious slabs of onyx and marble, resulting in a massive bathroom, multifunctional carousel and majestic (though perhaps not very comfortable) bed. .

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

The designer, Maximilian Marchesani, also inspired the lighting from nature by designing hanging tree branches, to which he added LED lighting that looks like fur light sticks wrapped in silk and of course connected to electricity.

Including bringing the outdoors indoors.  This is what homes could look like in the post-pandemic era
The design show also featured furniture with a futuristic look made from untreated 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 unveiled living room furniture that used environmentally friendly materials and computer-generated upholstery.

At the same time, around 600 participants presented their work on the theme ‘Designing for Ourselves in the Future’, with a focus on sustainable practices.

Unconventional design materials also featured, with lighting design label ServoMuto experimenting with Lycra to create a range of lamps.

In addition, a lot of recycling activities were organized, as the Italian designer Martino Gamper, who lives in the British capital, London, displayed a series of recycled antique furniture in a contemporary style at the Nilofar Depot exhibition.

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 has teamed up with wallpaper design firm Cole & Son to create a signature funky print, plain_textCredit: Stella McCartney

And fashion brands have never hesitated to play with interior designs. However, this year has proven that this trend is set to grow.

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

British design firm Paul Smith has debuted a collection of colorful sofas, armchairs, coffee tables and more, in collaboration with DePadova.

Prada, a former foray into the furniture world, took a step forward with a two-day multidisciplinary symposium sponsored by the research-based studio, Formafantasma, to explore 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
Lighting fixtures that look like tree branches inspired by nature, designer Maximilien Marchesani, plain_textCredit: Maximilian Marchesani

Design Week was packed with modular products and stackable home accessories, perhaps a nod to the growing demand for flexible work-from-home spaces.

Lose Parts brand Lose Parts has launched an impressive display of modular furniture that can be assembled, disassembled and reassembled, designed in part to reduce waste and encourage reuse, while highlighting the idea of ​​new possibilities within interior. designs themselves.

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 craftsmen, plain_textCredit: Andrea Ceriani

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

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

craft rules

In the post-pandemic era, this is what the homes of the future could look like
The vases got a new look in the gallery, plain_textCredit: Isabella Del Grandi

And the future of home design may be an ancient craft. The fair focused prominently on traditional techniques, with an emphasis on artworks by world makers.

From lamps made using Ghanaian weaving techniques and recycled PET bottles to a lounge chair delicately embroidered with a botanical leather motif, the pieces in the exhibition embraced traditional skills from different cultures, highlighting a slower approach to design.

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