5 game changing issues affecting interior design/ers

by Tania Wannenburg
Game changing issues

Identifying and expanding on the top 5 issues that affect interior design, highlighting why these are important and should be implemented.

Interior design is undergoing its most drastic transformation since the sustainable design revolution of the 1990s. This is as a result of advances made in creative methods, the application of data, neuroscience and health, as well as building performance that is demanding new forms of leadership in interior design.

Designers who have mastered the skills to create functional and beautiful spaces are reshaping the interior landscape, while design entrepreneurs have moved the delivery of their services into cyberspace and are practising their profession in a mobile, connected community.

What’s next for interior design? Who will lead this change? The following five game-changing issues are amongst the most prominent issues affecting the industry today:

1. Interiors shape our experience

The users’ experience is now central to the process of making decisions about volume, colour, materials, lighting and furniture. The capability of interior architecture to convey messages and stories about spaces will build on brand identity, not only in retail and hospitality environments but across the spectrum of interior settings. Data-mining and application of research will increasingly guide design decision-making, enabling the designer to better understand the role of cultural and economic variables.

2. Design is strategy

In order to gain awareness of the role of design in shaping human experience, firms, both large and small, cast themselves as design strategists, advocating for an integrated approach to solving their clients’ problems.

Shrinking office spaces, retail changes and new patterns of residential living are just a few of the reasons that designers are connecting design solutions to contemporary social, economic and cultural determinants. The Design Strategy approach asserts the leadership role of the designer as the entrepreneur of ideas, able to best serve clients as the connector in this evolving process.

3. The importance of interiors on health

A building responds to physical and emotional needs through “smart” (technology-supported) design, user-initiated modifications, and settings that are inherently healthy through orientation, ventilation, air quality, light and views. A 2014 survey found that 64% of designers and educators believe Smart Buildings will have an impact on the practice of interior design in the future.

4. Design is a universal language for social justice

Every designer is considered a member of the global community. Concerns regarding social justice underlie most environmental design activities. Increasingly, interior designers are called upon to articulate the benefits of their work to the individual, the group and the larger community, and to find on balance the greatest good in meeting competing demands.

5. Interior design is recasting its professional identity

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (in Michigan, USA) states in its 2014 Future Vision project: “In the future, the role of interior designers will become less narrowly defined as they operate in more integrated, team-driven projects. The scope of work will include clear-cut tasks, yet also involve more open-ended types of problem-solving. Opportunities for innovation will increase through participation in interdisciplinary teams. Additionally, interior designers of the future must be well positioned for leadership as they demonstrate strategic and tactical skills.”

These five issues are just a few that affect interior design and it is worth noting the prominence of these going forward to ensure that they can be successfully implemented.

Acknowledgement and thanks go to http://inhabitat.com for the information contained in this article.

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