The blog apartment therapy recently reviewed IFDA’s (International Furnishings and Design Association) Vision for the Future survey.
2000 members of the IFDA took part in a once-a-decade survey about how home life in America will change between now and 2020.
Small is Cool: 76% of the members foresee Americans living in smaller spaces with fewer rooms. When asked the same question at the turn of the Millennium, the percentage who predicted a shift to smaller spaces was only 49%.
Goodbye Dining Room: 71% of the members predict the disappearance of the formal dining room in most homes as the space gets used for other things, such as working from home.
Separate Rooms Are Disappearing: A huge number of respondents, 91.5 %, said that they see single-use rooms morphing into spaces that serve many different functions.
which leads us to the idea that…
Furniture Will Become Increasingly Multipurpose: 65.7% say movable, modular, small scale pieces are going to overtake things that are built-in and/or big. They also predict that interest in ergonomics will increase and interest in “designed to be disposable” furniture will decrease.
Eat in Kitchens Come Back in Style: As dining rooms disappear, a place to enjoy meals in the space where they are prepared will be the trend, which means bigger kitchens say 65% of members.
Masters Get Busier: As homes sizes shrink and the number of rooms lessens, media and exercise equipment migrate to the bedroom, according to 52.2% of the respondents.
Everyone Has a Home Office: More than 75% say that a home office is a given, with 37.3% kicking it up another notch by suggesting that multiple home offices under one roof will be the norm.
Here Comes High Tech: The most resounding near-universal prediction is that voice and sensor controls will take over from touch as home equipment and furnishings activation go high tech. 97% of the designers, retailers and other professionals say this is the wave of the (not so distant!) future.
Most of this sounds pretty right-on to me—no huge surprises. How about you? Does your vision of 2020 line up with what the furnishing and design industry’s crystal ball shows?
Thanks IFDA for the info from 20/20: IFDAs Vision for the Future survey!