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HOW COVID CHANGED INTERIOR DESIGN

15 Apr. 2022

During the pandemic, we became increasingly aware of how interior spaces and the design of them affect our mood, ability to work and physical comfort.

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Quarantine culture raised awareness of how homes and commercial spaces are designed as working from home in virtual spaces made people more aware of how they are perceived. As we emerge from the last two years, blinking into the sunlight, the way we want to live our lives has altered subtly. How we want to spend time in our homes and offices has changed, what their purpose is has shifted, and this is affecting every decision about interior design and decor.

This reassessment is influencing the design of public interior spaces. There are more comfortable social barriers that aren’t distracting, obvious or non-approachable allowing groups to separate from each other creating a shift in how our interiors function.

Mental and physical health has become more prevalent than ever and designers are having to consider how they can assist wellbeing through interior environments. In homes that means spaces are becoming more flexible, broken-space is substituting open-space and materials, physical separation or proximity and interaction with objects are being given equal importance as the space itself.

With hybrid working set to become the norm, and technology and connectivity becoming increasingly omnipresent, homes will no longer have a home office, but an office at home. Creating attractive, functional offices at home is challenging, especially in smaller spaces, and interior designers need to adapt to the changing landscape.

New colours, textures and sustainable materials are all reflecting the trend for individuality, uniqueness and experiential interiors as there is a move towards home entertaining, sophistication and conviviality. In the UAE, the feeling of luxury remains important, but approachability is an imperative as well. While people want their spaces to feel grand, there is a necessity for something less formal, more comfortable and making us emotionally composed.

As the pandemic recedes, there is a lingering reality that homes have become the main settings where people work, sleep and socialize and subsequently every corner, and every object must serve some sort of purpose and function.

It is these changes in emphasis which is driving interior design. The global market for interior design services is projected to reach US$ 255.4 billion by 2027 with residential interior design projected to reach US$ 157.1 billion in the next five years.

The UAE's interior design market, anticipated to be worth US$ 2.15 billion by 2025,  is seeing a post-pandemic boom with the rebound being fuelled by some of Dubai’s highest property sales and rental prices in 12 years as well as the launch of 50 new economic initiatives to boost the country's competitiveness.

Innovation, knowledge-sharing, and camaraderie have never been more important for the interior design services community as the everchanging global landscape of interiors reflects demographic and social development.

The INDEX Design Talks, in association with GEBERIT, provides a dedicated forum in which leading experts, influencers, associations, companies and practitioners will hold a series of open and lively discussions at the heart of the GCC interior design industry.

The INDEX Design Talks programme, which is an integral part of INDEX Dubai, taking place 22-24 May 2022 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is developed in close consultation with a broad range of industry stakeholders to ensure that it captures focused yet spontaneous debate around the key technical, aesthetic, market and strategic issues and dynamics affecting the industry.

More information can be obtained from:

www.indexexhibition.com

www.indexexhibition.com/features/index-design-talks