Buying everyday objects and clothes for a monthly subscription, limitations and bias of artificial intelligence, large-format 3D printing, furniture for very small apartments, a sense of privacy in the interiors, fascination with nature, chance and mistake – these are the trends that we will hear and talk more often in 2019 and 2020.
The signals of trends listed in this article appeared in 2018 at the following events: Ars Electronica (Linz), Biennale Interieur (Kortrijk), Dubai Design Week, Dutch Design Week (Eindhoven), Formex (Stockholm), imm (Cologne), London Design Festival, Maison & Objet (Paris), Milan Design Week, Mobile World Congress (Barcelona), Orgatec (Cologne) and Venice Architecture Biennale. I document them with over a hundred photos – all of them I took by myself.
1. Goods for a subscription.
A circular economy is not about “saving the world”, but about reducing production costs and reusing limited resources/materials and parts used to produce goods, and, in the long run, to sell the same good or its derivatives to many customers – one after another, every time for the exclusive use of a client. Trend: sale of items in the form of services for a monthly, fixed fees for the duration of the contract.
2. Imperfect and biased artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence recognizes (or rather: tries to recognize) objects, places and people, as well as emotions expressed on the face of a person and in a human voice. Artificial intelligence, however, has many limitations, makes mistakes and sometimes is biased, for example, when recognizing the age of people or selecting candidates for a job. Trend: human verification of decisions made by algorithms, as well as certification of algorithms by appointed independent organizations in terms of the degree of credibility of artificial intelligence and its susceptibility to the value systems of IT-people developing AI tools.
3. (Very) large 3D printing.
3D printing significantly increases the scale. Trend: robots print bridges, exhibition halls, buildings and furniture.
4. (Very) small apartments.
There are more and more people in the world, and the population density in cities is increasing. Trend: a compact, multi-functional furniture designed for small (and very, very small) apartments.
5. A sense of privacy.
Past: closed pods/booths that cut us off users from the outside world. Trend: furniture integrated with high acoustic panels or curtain systems with varying degrees of transparency of the fabric. They provide a sense of privacy and increase acoustic comfort, but do not isolate users from their environment.
6. Style: nature, chance, error.
A few tips for designers and interior stylists for the coming two years. Trends: untouched materials created by nature put on large surfaces, small wooden and stone parts on the handles, as well as patterns that do not refer to nature, but are created in processes that can not be fully controlled or are created as a result of machine error.
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