2020. The year that never was, yet managed to change so much. Even our homes. Interiors have evolved from ‘What’s hot, what’s not?’ to ‘What’s natural, sustainable and long-lasting?’.
Working from home
Power of the shelfie
We’ve become a nation of home stylists – replacing tatty lever-arch files, second-rate whodunnits, wet wipes and stackie cups with aloe plants and String of Hearts, leatherbound classics, Royal Opera House memorabilia and obscure 16th century Flemish art. The shelfie and the Zoom stage are set – and they’re going to get an upgrade. Take a look:
The focus will be on office integration. Bespoke designs will maximise valuable square inches inside nooks, under staircases or behind room dividers that double as storage. Retractable desks, concealed shelves, ergonomic chairs – these will be essential components for an inspiring workspace that can be neatly tucked away when it’s time to kick back with the family.
Just as the superrich have security to keep out gun-toting assassins, regular folk will have biometric safes and secret compartments to keep prying eyes away from sensitive files and expensive hardware. We predict that these things will become standard features in many homes.
The shape of things
Shapely furniture will be a must – pieces that contour and undulate to subtly reflect the silhouettes found in Nature. And while this may sound cringe, our main takeout from this is *flow*. Curved shelves, sofas and separating screens can help to divide a room and create clear pathways.
This is important because people want to journey to different rooms and different spaces within those rooms. Doing so helps people to mentally demarcate the professional, social and familial aspects of their lives. We’re orbiting back to broken-plan living – and wavy and flexuous forms can help us get there.
Let’s be clear
Transparency is finally on trend. Small-batch goods rooted in traditional craft techniques are a big draw. As are products linked to safe working conditions and a real living wage. We should all aspire to source high-quality, eco-friendly and socially responsible food, fashion, furniture – the lot. Because this trend – more than any other – should never go out of style.
Before you go…
…We’d like to thank our three brilliant contributors, whose insights helped us enormously: Kit Miles, Director and Chief Designer at Kit Miles Studio. Tom Faulkner, Founder and Creative Director at Tom Faulkner. And David Harris, Design Director at Andrew Martin.
Header image: sourced from Evening Standard.
Image 2: sourced from Architectural Digest.