Trends of Interior Design 2022

The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior – a trend barometer

Smart together

Unlike in previous centuries, humanity today can rely on innovative digital support to make life easier in a pandemic: Professional meetings and private events largely take place via videoconferencing, online delivery services and mail-order companies provide basic food and goods, and the digital range of entertainment media is reaching new heights. Industrial and product design and our furnishings are also becoming increasingly smart. Through the use of sensors or remote control via apps, electronic services, internet-based programmes and real-time control via cloud computing, social distancing measures can be observed and infection risks minimised. Touchless controls and the active cleaning of the environment around us promote hygiene and well-being - more than that: they become a basic requirement for social interaction.

With Ikona Maxxi Pure, Elica combines several hygienic functions for a pleasant, healthy room climate. It combines a cooker bonnet and air purifier in one appliance. The elegant, tapered object not only eliminates unpleasant odours and vapours during cooking, but also completely renews the room air, alleviates allergic symptoms and possible discomfort caused by internal pollutants. Essential for the well-being of the room: Ikona Maxxi Pure functions completely silently.

The GRANDIS E kitchen tap from SCHELL offers touch-free, sensor-controlled hygiene and a wide range of settings. Thanks to safe flushing of the hot and cold water pipes, it also supports drinking water hygiene. For public and commercial areas, there are networkable, electronic fittings - controllable with the SWS water management system.

OPHARDT uses smart technology for its SanTRAL® Plus hygiene products. The intelligent soap, toilet paper and paper towel dispensers as well as hygienic waste receptacless offer fill level and activation control in real time. In addition to a visual display, the information is also transmitted to the network via WiFi and can thus be monitored centrally. This saves working time and protects the staff.

With the RS11, VOLA proves that even hygienic everyday products do not have to compromise on design. The dispenser for disinfectant gel, foam and liquid soap is so elegant that it fits naturally into all areas of upscale hospitality.

The System 106 from Gira is a modular and flexible door communication solution. Gira's product line is formally restrained in its design, nothing serves as a pure end in itself: the smart home has come of age.

Exemplary projects:

Elica Ikona Maxxi Pure by Elica
RS11 Spender by VOLA
Gira System 106 flächenbündig by Gira Giersiepen

Less is more

The pandemic situation has dominated the headlines for two years and is causing far-reaching changes in everyday life. More workloads and the increased stress factor in work and family organisation go hand in hand with the loss of opportunities for relaxation, sport and leisure, not to mention exotic long-distance travel or exuberant partying. Many of our priorities have shifted. This also changes the design of the objects we surround ourselves with: instead of popping colours, a playful appearance, lavish materials or tropical plant motifs, designers are opting for cool, muted shades, a clear language of form and a reduction to the essentials. The new simplicity works with an emphasis on filigree constructive structures and honest, discreetly designed material surfaces. Instead of exuberant gestures, a sense of understatement is the order of the day; instead of postmodern »Anything Goes«, there is a return to the creative values of classic modernist design: a back to Bauhaus.

For the Reflect kitchen, French architect Jean Nouvel chose fronts in monochrome, reflective steel for Reform, which develop an industrial charm because of their vertical grooves. Light and surroundings are reflected on the matt surfaces, which thus withdraw themselves. The kitchen design, available in black or untreated metal, stands for a simple, timeless extravagance with a delicate touch of Art Deco.

The BU Series by Foshan Blue Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd. is a range of bathroom objects that includes a constructive frame for a glass shower enclosure as well as handles and brackets. The emphasis on balanced proportions and the stringent design with a minimalist gesture unfolds an almost ephemeral presence in the bathroom. BU stands for precision and quality on both a visual and haptic level, while always keeping the human scale in the foreground.

REFLEX² Floor by serien Raumleuchten is inspired by a classic from their lighting range, yet reduced to the essentials. The floor lamp is formed by a filigree frame structure that creates intense moods in the room. The LED boards do not need a reflector and illuminate the room indirectly via the ceiling.

Khayyám Eclipse by young designer Ehsan Aghdami is no less minimalist. The spherical luminous body is asymmetrically suspended from the narrow wooden back. In the rear view, the luminaire appears like the aurora of a solar eclipse. It is available in eight versions inspired by the planets of our solar system.

The new LINIjA table and floor lamp by Baltensweiler is made of a simple vertical rod to which two adjustable rods are attached. The light can thus be directed as required. The construction is highly filigree and stands for classic understatement.

Exemplary projects:

Reform Küche by Jean Nouvel
BU Series by Foshan Blue Sanitary Ware Co., Ltd.
REFLEX ² Floor by serien Raumleuchten
LINIjA Stehleuchte by Baltensweiler AG
Eclipse Leuchtobjekt by Ehsan Aghdami
FEDERICA Badheizkörper by Cordivari S.r.l.

Homo movens

Humans were born to wander. And they are becoming increasingly mobile: On the one hand, the world of work makes higher demands on flexibility, which goes hand in hand with a more frequent change of residence. On the other hand, thanks to digitalisation, the winter is being bridged by remote working in the sun in more southern climes. What used to be an avant-garde of digital nomads has now established itself as a lifestyle in large parts of the population. Especially within one's own four walls, life has become more adaptable. In the home office, the dining table becomes the work table during the day, the living room becomes the children's room. At the same time, classic role relationships and partnerships are being extended and enriched by alternative ideas. Last but not least, we want to accommodate our friends from all over the world in style.
This trend, fed by several developments in recent years, means that design objects are also becoming more hybrid: Functions are combined, stationary becomes transportable, assembly and disassembly is faster and easier, and the design of objects becomes more universal and adaptable to different contexts.

Zero by Alegre Design is a modular space management system that stands in the right place everywhere with its simple appearance. Flexibly combinable, it functions as a shelf, desk or wardrobe in the office, shop, living room, bedroom or children's room. With the simple plug-in method, it can be assembled without the use of complicated tools, and the height of the various storage modules, shelves and coat rails can be easily adjusted.

Bavul is a multifunctional upholstered object. In its basic form, Bavul is a simple couch whose three upholstered surfaces are fixed by straps placed at the ends. If the latter are loosened, Bavul is quickly transformed into a bed with high comfort standards. The upholstery and straps are available in different colours and can be combined in a multitude of ways.

We also want to have our favourite objects with us during our leisure time. The qu outdoor lamp from IP44 is battery-operated and prolongs (not only) balmy summer nights with a pleasantly warm light. With the hook, it can be mounted on the wall in seconds or can be hung in trees, under veranda or balcony ceilings with the rope. Thanks to the 3-fold touch dimmer, it creates the right mood - whether at home, in the garden, at the lake or on the way there.

Exemplary projects:

Zero by Alegre Design
Bavul by Lea Aviani for prostoria
IP44 qu Außenleuchte by IP44 Schmalhorst GmbH & Co. KG
La Punt by Girsberger

Material Innovation

Material innovation is a key driver of design: it can overcome known limitations, contribute to the creation of new forms and objects, minimise carbon emissions and thus contribute to mitigating the climate crisis, and improve the well-being of the user. Sustainable approaches include the use of organic raw materials such as wood, which binds carbon dioxide during its growth process, or the reuse of locally available materials as the basic raw material for new design objects. In addition, new material developments and technical components provide previously unknown design solutions. They serve to reduce the consumption of resources, flexible expandability or simplified repair. The reduction of carbon emissions and the separation of pure materials for later recycling are decisive criteria for an environmentally friendly design and the achievement of climate goals.

The PEEL lounge chair by VANK is supported by a sinusoidal construction. The seat shell is made from recycled wood scraps, whereby curves can be integrated during the production process thanks to the innovative micro mesh technology. PEEL is a real eye-catcher that stands out thanks to its smart design and sustainable use of materials.

Ben by Stadler Form is an air humidifier and aroma diffuser. An extra-fine fragrance mist also creates the remarkably realistic illusion of an amber-coloured flame thanks to Amber LightTM. The humidification intensity is infinitely variable: from a gentle flame to a blazing fire. With Ben, a relaxing evening can be enjoyed at the touch of a button.

Exemplary projects:

Ben by Stadler Form Luftbefeuchter + Aromadiffusor by Stadler Form Aktiengesellschaft