Heimtextil and interior design EXPO review

As I was visiting the Heimtextil 2018 expo at Frankfurt am Main, Messe I want to share my photos and notes to give some insight from the event.

There was a presentation held by Kate Franklin (from FranklinTill) at 2 pm on Wednesday titled: “The future is urban”.
Main topics: Soft Minimal, Perfect imperfection, Co-living & Co-working, Maker’s space like Opendesk, Biophilia, Re-made space (reuse of recycled materials)

A few examples grabbed from the presentation:
– 13 m2 Flat by Studio Mama

Image source: http://www.studiomama.com/13m2-house

Urban nomad furniture by Hannabi

Itaca furniture system for nomads by Elena Bompani

co-living in ‘Old Oak’ London by The Collective

co-working, a house for creatives: Alma in Stockholm

My personal opinion on this:

Digital nomads, tiny homes, co-living and co-working is clearly a trend which will dominate our industry. The main reason is the housing problem in big cities which provide the workplace but less and less available homes for rent.

In the video linked above, it was mentioned that “by the end of this century, almost all of us will live in cities”. I believe we won’t see this happening. First of all because as soon as I will have the possibility to work remotely, I will take this opportunity and move out to the country side. This is just my personal taste but I think I’m not the only one who likes calm atmosphere closer to the nature.

Co-living and workshops, maker space can be a good thing though. I love to see that there is market for unique (not mass produced) products and craftsmanship can raise again.

One shared house 2030: Co-living by IKEA

I’ve completed this survey recently about people needs who are considering co-living.

I personally don’t want to do that type of co-living what the survey suggests but it was still interesting to learn from design perspective what other people found important for themselves. You will see the percentage for the already given answers from others after you give your take for the question.

The above image shows my vision about a suburban housing development. It would be ideal for couples and families with young children. It has shared common rooms, kitchens. The modular blocks can be added or removed to adjust to actual needs. When I was first thinking about the items or services I would share with others , these three came into my mind:
– shared child-care and,
– library (or public book shelves)
– appliances

Of course, there will be even more on my final list…