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How will the design of our dwellings and objects adapt to this new reality? Let’s explore the ways.

How will home design adapt to a world with COVID-19? Here are some trends to watch!

Sep 11, 2020 6:00:00 PM.

small apartment living room with tv and woman sitting on grey couch reading magazine
As we embrace being a homebody in these times, we will want to keep grounded with nature and things we can connect to.
Featured laminate: Karl Hoffmann Elm WY 4256X (on TV console)
Design and photo:
Beauart Design Concept

From a local as well as global standpoint, we’re still not out of the Covid-19-infected woods yet. The pandemic has underscored how interconnected we are as a global community, and even if we do return to some level of pre-Covid normalcy, it has changed our lifestyles, attitudes and routines for good. Our homes have become more than a refuge, it is also now our office, gym, classroom and more. How will the design of our dwellings and objects adapt to this new reality? Let’s explore the ways.

  

Enjoying Nature at Home

apartment display case with round painting and bonsai tree

A well placed pot of bonsai and vase of blooms act as elegant decorations for this luxurious home, and has a relaxing effect on the psyche as well.
Featured laminate: Stoffa Grigio DXO 5338D (on wall)
Design and photo: Dare Solution

Lockdowns, or in our case, the circuit breaker has driven almost everyone indoors and missing the sunshine on our faces and the nature at our doorstep. It’s not surprising then that people have turned to gardening, even in small high rise apartments, to while the time away and reconnect with nature. Having greenery at home, be it a pot of plants or a vase of flowers, creates a calming ambience that is crucial as a salve to the anxiety and stress facing many that has arising from economic uncertainty or just cabin fever. Fears about food supply and security has also led to a boom of people growing food crops at home.

More spaces could be provided for urban gardening at home, and designed for that purpose, either though planter boxes, balconies or courtyards. The design of the highly anticipated One Pearl Bank apartments by architecture firm Serie+Multiply, released in early 2019, is a forerunner of this trend even before the pandemic hit. Its soaring 39-storey twin towers will feature the world’s first sky allotment gardens, with a garden every four storeys and 200 plots in total, for residents to cultivate their own herbs, fruits and vegetables. These sky gardens will be visible from the building’s exterior, adding to the verdant landscaping in common areas such as roof gardens.

  

Divided Spaces

bedroom with marble desk against tall dark wood wall
On one side, his and hers office areas; on the other, the bedroom. Placing the two back to back is a clever way to create separate functional zones without closing off the space in this bungalow in Serembun, Malaysia.
Featured laminate: Jiro Shizuoka Oak WY 4253X (on partition)
Design and photo:
Pins Studio
 

Open concept layouts are a good idea in our space-starved homes, but when stay-home orders forced almost everyone to work and school from home, there was a mad scramble for privacy. We laugh at viral videos showing working mums and dads wrestling with curious tots who interrupt online meetings and live interviews, but it’s not funny when it affects your work (and sanity) on a day to day basis.

Now we look to divide our spaces once more, to provide everyone at home with personal space and privacy. We will see more homes with spaces that can be closed off when necessary and opened up when needed, through the use of either built-in or temporary partitions. Once, any surface at home could serve as an (temporary) office, but now as physical workplaces are made redundant through the use of online meeting tools, there is a real need for a home office to work comfortably and efficiently in, as well.

 

Cleaning Technology

kids bedroom with colourful terazzo feature wall 
The playful confetti design of the laminate on the wall gives this children’s room a lighthearted feel, and keeps the space healthy and clean with its anti-bacterial properties.
Featured laminate: artäk Miscela Cici (ART 1005XM)

We are doing more cleaning than ever at home in the fight to destroy viruses that might be ‘imported’ into our spaces as we gradually venture out more, and also to keep the family healthy in general. Don’t it be nice if this daily drudgery could be minimised? Technology is set to play a huge role in helping us be more efficient in keeping our spaces germ- and virus-free. Anti-bacterial coatings for the home, such as certain types of paint, have seen a surge in interest. Lamitak laminates too, have properties which inhibit the growth of bacteria on their surfaces, as certified by TÜV SÜD. We predict more products with such properties will surface, as well as a new class of appliances which couple their original function with sanitising abilities. Perhaps a lamp which santitises personal belongings with light, or a refrigerator which kills viruses as well, easing fears of the virus being transmitted by cold supply chains.

  

Buy Less, but Buy Better

living room with dark wood tv feature wall and white couch
Less can create more, as seen in this beautifully appointed living room.
Featured laminate:
Jiro Shizuoka Oak WY 4253X (on TV feature wall)
Design and photo:
Pins Studio

The pandemic has led many of us to reconsider our priorities. Being stuck at home has made us consume more consciously, and realise that we don’t need much to survive. The closure of borders and businesses has brought much relief to the environment, with cleaner skies and water thanks to the reduction in carbon emissions and pollution due to factories being closed, cars taken off the roads, and planes being grounded. The remarkable recovery in some once polluted areas have given us hope that we can reverse climate change, but it needs a global effort. As life slows down, what we eat and use on a daily basis will become more important, and more will look to buying less but buying better quality items, and living a more sustainable lifestyle. Homeowners can also help conserve resources by substituting natural materials such as wood and stone with laminates. Laminates can now replicate the look of organic materials with a high level of realism, so we no longer have to harvest or extract the material from nature to enjoy its beauty.

 

Going Local

With very little agricultural farmland, Singapore depends mainly on imported food supplies. It took a global pandemic such as Covid-19 for us to realise the fragility of the supply chain, where borders can be shut at a moment’s notice. Being self-reliant has taken on new urgency and impetus. Besides sparking an interest in growing our own food, this impetus has also spawned an interest in making, and we’ve seen a surge of entrepreneurial zeal by Singaporeans in making and selling anything from homecooked food, to artisan pastries, to fabric masks and pouches, online. With so much homegrown talent emerging, we look forward to having local options in an increasingly larger array of designed items, so that one day, it will no longer be surprising for goods to have a Made-in-Singapore tag.




 


 

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