Trends for 2019/20

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.

Swapfiets, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Swapfiets, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Swapfiets, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
MUD Jeans, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
MUD Jeans, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
MUD Jeans, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Gerrard Street, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Gerrard Street, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven

 

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.

LG, Mobile World Congress 2018, Barcelona
LG, Mobile World Congress 2018, Barcelona
LG, Mobile World Congress 2018, Barcelona
LG, Mobile World Congress 2018, Barcelona
LG, Mobile World Congress 2018, Barcelona
USA pavilion, London Design Biennale/London Design Festival 2018
USA pavilion, London Design Biennale/London Design Festival 2018
USA pavilion, London Design Biennale/London Design Festival 2018
USA pavilion, London Design Biennale/London Design Festival 2018
USA pavilion, London Design Biennale/London Design Festival 2018
USA pavilion, London Design Biennale/London Design Festival 2018
Opacity, Mikhail Wertheim Aymès, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Opacity, Mikhail Wertheim Aymès, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Opacity, Mikhail Wertheim Aymès, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Opacity, Mikhail Wertheim Aymès, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Opacity, Mikhail Wertheim Aymès, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Opacity, Mikhail Wertheim Aymès, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Opacity, Mikhail Wertheim Aymès, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018

 

3. (Very) large 3D printing.

3D printing significantly increases the scale. Trend: robots print bridges, exhibition halls, buildings and furniture.

MX3D Bridge, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
MX3D Bridge, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
MX3D Bridge, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
A part of MX3D Bridge, Ars Electronica 2018, Linz
A part of MX3D Bridge, Ars Electronica 2018, Linz
Cloud Village, Chinese pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Cloud Village, Chinese pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Cloud Village, Chinese pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Cloud Village, Chinese pavilion, Venice Architecture Biennale 2018
Digital Chaiselongue, Philipp Aduatz, Milan Design Week 2018
Digital Chaiselongue, Philipp Aduatz, Milan Design Week 2018
Digital Chaiselongue, Philipp Aduatz, Milan Design Week 2018
Digital Chaiselongue, Philipp Aduatz, Milan Design Week 2018
Digital Chaiselongue, Philipp Aduatz, Milan Design Week 2018
Chaise Longue, Arwin Hidding & team, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Chaise Longue, Arwin Hidding & team, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Chaise Longue, Arwin Hidding & team, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Chaise Longue, Arwin Hidding & team, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Chaise Longue, Arwin Hidding & team, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Chaise Longue, Arwin Hidding & team, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Ai Build, Digital Design Weekend/London Design Festival 2018
Ai Build, Digital Design Weekend/London Design Festival 2018
Ai Build, Digital Design Weekend/London Design Festival 2018
Ai Build, Digital Design Weekend/London Design Festival 2018
Ai Build, Digital Design Weekend/London Design Festival 2018
Ai Build, Digital Design Weekend/London Design Festival 2018
Data Stool, Henri Canivez, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Data Stool, Henri Canivez, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Data Stool, Henri Canivez, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Data Stool, Henri Canivez, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Data Stool, Henri Canivez, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven

 

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.

Sanwa, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Sanwa, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Sanwa, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Sanwa, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Sanwa, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Sanwa, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Sanwa, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Bross Italia, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Bross Italia, Salone del Mobile Milano 2018
Tiny Home Bed, Yesul Jang, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Tiny Home Bed, Yesul Jang, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Assembly, Yu Li, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Assembly, Yu Li, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Shelves, Jinho Han, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Shelves, Jinho Han, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018
Shelves, Jinho Han, Global Grad Show/Dubai Design Week 2018

 

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.

BuzziSpace, Alain Gilles, Orgatec 2018, Cologne
BuzziSpace, Alain Gilles, Orgatec 2018, Cologne
BuzziSpace, Alain Gilles, Orgatec 2018, Cologne
BuzziSpace, Alain Gilles, Orgatec 2018, Cologne
BuzziSpace, Orgatec 2018, Cologne
Noti, Studio Ganszyniec, Orgatec 2018, Cologne
BoConcept, Orgatec 2018, Cologne
Ahrend Loungescape Powernap, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Ahrend, UNSwivel, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
Ahrend, UNSwivel, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven

 

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.

Reliance Veneer, 100% Design/London Design Festival 2018
The Kettel, Biennale Interieur 2018, Kortrijk
The Kettel, Biennale Interieur 2018, Kortrijk
The Kettel, Biennale Interieur 2018, Kortrijk
The Kettel, Biennale Interieur 2018, Kortrijk
Magna Natura, London Design Fair/London Design Festival 2018
Magna Natura, London Design Fair/London Design Festival 2018
Stelton, Formex 2018, Stockholm
CEA, Biennale Interieur 2018, Kortrijk
THG Paris, Downtown Design/Dubai Design Week 2018
Barrier and Ground Vase, Ragna Ragnarsdóttir, Formex 2018, Stockholm
Globule, Ragna Ragnarsdóttir, Formex 2018, Stockholm
Poured Collection, Troels Flensted, Formex 2018, Stockholm
Layers, Troels Flensted, Formex 2018, Stockholm
Pulpo, imm 2018, Cologne
Pascale Mestre, Maison & Objet 2018, Paris
Pascale Mestre, Maison & Objet 2018, Paris
Pascale Mestre, Maison & Objet 2018, Paris
The Production of Fatigue, Léa Mazy, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
The Production of Fatigue, Léa Mazy, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
The Production of Fatigue, Léa Mazy, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven
The Production of Fatigue, Léa Mazy, Dutch Design Week 2018, Eindhoven

 

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