In response to the heightened stress and anxiety experienced globally over the past three years, designers are recognising the critical importance of prioritising wellbeing in their projects. A recent global study by Deloitte has shed light on the immense stress and anxiety faced by Gen Z and Millennials both within and beyond the workplace. To address this, designers are focusing on creating spaces that alleviate these pressures by invoking feelings of joy and providing a sense of escapism. Designs by the likes of Will Choui and Qeeboo are leading the way with their designs, which aim to offer a much-needed respite and a means to escape from everyday stresses.
New Era Sustainable
Building on the previous trend, there is a notable shift in challenging the conventional notion of sustainability. Designers are redefining what it means to be "classically sustainable" and reviving the idea that eco-friendly design doesn't have to be overtly constructed from hemp or obviously recycled materials. Instead, they are exploring clever design solutions that embrace circularity without compromising on the element of fun and eccentricity. This fresh perspective on sustainability encourages innovative and stylish approaches to create environmentally responsible yet aesthetically captivating designs that promote emotional connection with the end users. Our Noodle Chair is a good example, showing that the eco conscious consumer can also be bold and playful.
In a world filled with turmoil and dynamism, designers are embracing bold and expressive styles in 2023. Inspired by expressionism and cubism, the design community is adopting weirdness as the new norm. Leading figures like Camile Walala and Nicholas Devlin are at the forefront of this trend, infusing their creations with vibrant colors and unconventional shapes.
Tactile and Sustainable Materials
Rich and tactile materials continue to dominate the interiors landscape this year, creating a multi-sensory experience for users. Designers are exploring materials like mushroom-based alternatives and embracing humble yet sustainable finishes, such as lime plaster walls, pine, and natural wool.
The pandemic has heightened our need for human connection, inspiring a trend towards designs that encourage interaction and a link to nature. Projects like the Espoo House in Finland and Mason Studio's Toronto workspace are exceptional examples that focus on tactility, sensibility, and organic materials, offering spaces that provide comfort and nurture. As we look to the future, community-based projects rooted in cultural values and local production will gain traction, fostering a sense of belonging and authenticity.
Maximalist Aesthetics and Playfulness
Designers continue to embrace maximalism, using vibrant colors and expressive patterns to create joyful and immersive interiors. From Yinka Ilori's exuberant collections to quirky installations like Marc Fornes's pavilion for Louis Vuitton, brands are prioritizing experiences over mere Instagrammable moments.
Futuristic and Environmentally Responsible Designs
In an era of increased environmental consciousness, designers and clients are prioritising long-term sustainability over superficial greenwashing. Integrating futuristic elements with eco-friendly materials, Prowl Studio's 'Peel Chair' and Formafantasma's works stand as remarkable examples of innovative design with a positive impact on the planet.
Amidst the dynamic landscape of workplace design trends, one key element that is revolutionising the industry is the integration of artificial intelligence (AI). Projects like Ryan Decker's set of other worldly lighting which forcuses on the "rapid oscillation between digital and physical" combining the use of handmade elements and AI generated textures. These new era projects are leading the way into an unforseen design phenomenon and AI has emerged as a powerful tool for designers, enabling them to push the boundaries of creativity and efficiency.
We expect humbling reimaginings of our world, infused with AI, back to basics interiors, contrasting with extremely emotive experiences poised to change the way we work. We also expect a notable shift with a diverse and inclusive line up of designers breaking down barriers and excelling in the world of design.
At Deadgood, we are excited to be part of this ever-evolving design landscape, bringing you inspirational and impactful furniture that embodies these key trends. We invite you to join us on this journey as we redefine the power of personality and inspire positive change in the industry.
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