Last week, I was invited to an Interiors trend forecast talk by Sainsbury’s Home on ” Lifestyles of the Future” given by Lisa White, the head of Lifestyle and Interiors at WGSN.
I thought I’d do a little Summary here of her thoughts on future lifestyle trends.
Research on Millennials have apparently found that there is a tendency to anxiety and depression. With the latter in mind, future trends will be looking at ways to help people stay more connected.
Co-space living or working are a few such solutions.
The use of assistive technologies have also become a popular way of keeping people connected in their homes.
I liked hearing about the innovative idea of a thermal bubble that could follow and regulate the temperature around an individual to within their comfort zone, whilst sharing a space with others.
As space becomes scarce with urbanisation, the newer generations will become more flexible and embrace micro living solutions.
Lisa mentioned that there is already a movement towards smaller space living in the U.S, and even now in the UK, old office spaces are becoming reimagined as living areas.
The ‘try before you buy’ lifestyle trends are also another emerging area.
Consumers are now becoming more discerning and environmentally aware. There is a trend towards sustainability. Some examples being,no packaging shopping, to using apps to scan food for their green credentials.
The concept of The Safe Home, introducing the home comforts and feelings of safety of home into public spaces.
There was also the idea of the Natural Home, harnessing the power of good microbes within the fabric of the home.
Finally, other interesting areas include the spiritual home by using crystals, and the Emotional home using dappled light to elicit a sense of well being.
It was so interesting to hear about the lifestyle trends of the future. I would definitely be looking out for this in future interiors products and concepts.