It’s that time of year again. In just over a month, it will be time for the London Design Festival. And this year it’s celebrating its 15th birthday. But don’t worry if you’re not going to be travelling down to the Big Smoke for the festivities. We’ve got four blogs coming your way, each focussing on different aspects of the festival, so you wont miss out.
First up, we’re chatting to Max Fraser, Content Editor for the 100% Design trade show. Max is a design commentator and writer who edits the London Design Guide and has written several books including Designers on Design with Sir Terence Conran and Design UK. We couldn’t think of anyone better to talk through the changing face of interiors with us.
Have you see our recent Trend Report yet? If so, you’ll know that boundaries between different spaces are blurring. And, in particular, the traditional office appears to be disappearing. Here at eporta, we’ve noticed that we’re sourcing more and more workspace projects, but our platform shows that the number of searches for the word “office” has fallen dramatically. Interior designers are instead exploring products that would be better suited in the home – inserting comfy and cosy décor into the workspace.
Max links this shift to the rise of technology. “This trend’s been gestating for about 10 years – ever since the launch of the iPhone in 2007”, Max tells us. “The arrival of the smartphone has been a game-changer in more ways than one. These small, but incredibly powerful devices have totally disrupted the world of interiors by allowing us to work from pretty much anywhere. Combine this with the links between comfort and productivity and we see that offices no longer need banks of desks as people can work from a cosy armchair or a bench.
“This flexibility allows for different interactions within the workspace, and has proven to be a massive opportunity for designers and producers to play around with interiors – especially when it comes to furniture. Why should people have to lock themselves away in an empty room to take a private call? A high-backed, plush chair cocoons the caller, muffles the sound and there’s no need to remove yourself.”