What is the future of design?
It was architect, Zaha Hadid who once said, “I really believe in the idea of the future”. That was, and still is, completely evident in her architecture. From the Rivserside museum in Glasgow and her work on the London Aquatics Centre, through to Samsung’s latest collaboration at Milan Design Week with Zaha Hadid Architects, Zaha Hadid’s design’s really do encompass an idea of the future.
Although on a much larger scale, this concept of innovative architect is transforming our homes.
Take the designs of French studio Ventury, who create beautiful sculptural designs that are best described as part architecture, part furniture. These refined, sleek pieces are much more forward-thinking then what we’re seeing currently. They may not be as practical as they are beautiful but as 3D printing becomes more acccessible and affordable we will start to see it creep further into the home.
David’s step dad is already embracing 3D printing and uses one to repair those odd-jobs around the home. Tiny plastic balls made by a machine have replaced the torn rubber ones on the kitchen sink draining board. It may take about 20 minutes to produce each one but it’s with this ideology that we’re all becoming product designers within our own homes. Homes are becoming interchangeable and easily transformed.
Inspirational resources such as Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz mean, that at the click of a button, we have access to millions of creative ideas. We now want to adapt our homes more often, changing the colours to suit the new trends, adding new accessories, creating the latest upcycle, all so we’re on the pulse and en vogue. If you’re in need of a colour, and fast, then “there’s an app for that”. Pantone’s app can source colours from snaps you’ve taken, help you access shades as well as mix and test colours in your own graphic studio.
Is this to say that the future of design means that the role of the interior designer is being made redundant?
You no longer even need to speak with an interior designer should you not want to. Online interior design service, Homewings, offer customers an interior designer service, at an affordable price with the whole process organised online. Once signed-up, you’re matched with your designer, you’ll receive boards, plans and ideas to get you underway with your home revamp.
Brands and retailers are getting faster, churning out new collections and launching new products any time throughout the year. Fashion designers are creating homeware collections, cooks are introducing cookware ranges and celebrities are dipping their toes into the interiors world – not always to great success, may we add…
Add all these factors together and you’re your own interior designer, your own product designer, colour consultant and – someday maybe even an architect.
That’s our idea of the future.
David & Mark
*This blog post is a part of Design Blogger Competition organised by CGTrader