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Future-Proofing Design: How Interiors Will Evolve in 2023 and Beyond

CEO Khai Intela
As we reflect on the year 2022, it is evident that issues related to interiors have strongly resonated with our readers. With the increased time spent indoors, both physically and virtually, the forms and functions...

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As we reflect on the year 2022, it is evident that issues related to interiors have strongly resonated with our readers. With the increased time spent indoors, both physically and virtually, the forms and functions of interior spaces have gained significance. The trend of experimenting with fluid, flexible, and versatile spaces has been ongoing for years, driven by the impact of lockdowns. This experience has made us realize the importance of buildings that anticipate and take responsibility for their effects on inhabitants. Factors such as orientation, room size, natural light, ventilation, and overall aesthetics play a crucial role. Technological advancements have disrupted traditional interior design, giving rise to new and innovative approaches to domestic efficiency and circularity.

Space and Operation: Small Gestures for a Better Life

Envisioning a sustainable and smart future, current trends revolve around "living layout" designs that offer customizable and changeable spaces. The challenge is to maximize and enhance the use of space by connecting traditionally separated areas and creating dynamic layouts that prioritize user-centric strategies.

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From daily arrangements to repurposing existing buildings, simple yet impactful gestures enable spaces to adapt to life. The organization of elements within a space plays a key role in determining the flow of movement, with integrated and self-standing furniture offering spatial consciousness.

According to the UN, the digitization of design enables smart technological innovations that integrate seamlessly into our lives, collecting big data, and utilizing machine learning and autonomous decision-making. These futuristic systems, such as robotics, artificial intelligence, and automated processes, improve various aspects of society's well-being.

How can virtual tools influence our everyday spaces? Technological advances in holographic projections are altering spatial experiences, creating mutable scenarios customizable for different purposes, situations, and users. Artificial intelligence integrated into architectural design guides users in inspiring and visualizing potential interventions in real space. Home automation allows for efficient use of lighting resources, virtually modifying spaces to create a sense of openness.

Space and Aesthetics: The Modernized Return of Rusticity

After years of unprecedented changes, our living spaces now focus on functionality, appeal, calmness, and connection with the outdoors. The aesthetic trends that gained ground in 2022 emphasized a renewed appreciation for "modernized rusticity." This concept embraces tradition, local elements, material richness, light, views, and everything that creates a sense of well-being and connection to our surroundings.

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Soul-less, minimalist interiors are no longer desirable. We seek texture, color, and ornaments that bring personalized spaces to life, embracing liveliness, naturalness, and warmth. Technology empowers architects to design with meaning, meeting modern demands.

Traditional organic materials have been updated to optimize performance and sustainability while maintaining their ruggedness, natural beauty, and biophilic qualities. Examples include the use of cross-laminated timber, structural engineered bamboo, and the re-discovery of materials' natural life cycle.

The future of aesthetics lies in transformable, modular, and greener interiors that merge nature with technology, consuming resources efficiently. Virtual and augmented reality tools create immersive experiences, while biophilic design evolves into living surfaces that integrate plants or fungi. Programmable materials are modified by computer algorithms to meet users' needs. The data revolution, along with artificial intelligence, guides design decisions, allowing architects to create personalized solutions.

Space and Energy: Powering Everyday Life Efficiently

Viewing buildings and interiors as living organisms is not new, but circularity now adds complexity and consistency. A circular urban metabolism conserves resources and minimizes waste by reusing materials and energy. Interior spaces should efficiently use energy while minimizing waste.

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Decentralized energy generation through renewable sources such as solar, wind, earth, and water is becoming more accessible. Self-powered homes and off-grid buildings are emerging, handling their own energy needs. Optimizing a building's metabolism involves using low-energy systems, appropriate envelope materials, green infrastructure, and harnessing free resources like natural lighting and ventilation. All these measures reduce energy consumption and improve indoor air quality.

In the coming years, cities and indoor spaces will need to prepare for societal changes and the climate crisis. Circularity will be a guiding principle, enabling a more encouraging future. Robotic automation, home automation technologies, IoT (Internet of Things), and biophilic design will play significant roles in promoting resource efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

Future-Proofing Design: How Interiors Will Evolve in 2023 and Beyond

Though the limits of artificial intelligence and new technologies are yet to be fully understood, rapid advancements are reshaping the industry. Studying and appreciating the natural world will remain crucial. While our future cannot be predicted with absolute certainty, we can expect nature, technology, and well-being to remain at the forefront.

This article is part of the ArchDaily Topics: Year in Review presented by Randers Tegl.

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