September 1, 2015 |

Interior Design Macro-trends

By Denise Greer


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The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) outlined the following interior design macro-trends and their most transformative sub-trends in its “Interior Design 2015/2016 Outlook and State of the Industry”:

  • Health and well-being
    1. Holisitic design thinking
    2. Higher sustainability standards
    3. Design for healthy behaviors
    4. Energy Optimization
    5. 3-D printing and other visualization technology
  • Technology
    1. 3-D printing and other immersive visualization tools
    2. BIM software
    3. Connection to remote work
    4. Internet of things
    5. Smart building
  • Sustainability
    1. Higher sustainability standards
    2. Energy Optimization
    3. Material Transparency
    4. Biomimicry design
  • Urbanization
    1. Mixed-use buildings
    2. NEO Suburbanization
    3. Walkable neighborhoods
    4. Shift in real estate development
    5. New public spaces
  • Globalization
    1. International practice
    2. Understand cultural differences
    3. Increased international competition
    4. Cross-cultural solutions
  • Resiliency
    1. Holisitic design thinking
    2. BIM software
    3. Connection to remote work
    4. Internet of things
    5. Smart building

These reflect trends present in the broad design industry. Some key ASID findings relating to restaurants center around sustainability including sub-trends like high sustainability standards and energy optimization.