Our relationship with the home has been fundamentally changed by the pandemic. Our home has become a “hygienic sanctuary” where an increasing number of activities happen. With space a constraint, versatility of the living space has become a focus for future home designs. At the same time, we also approach an inflection point for sustainable technologies that reduces our climate footprint and monthly bills. This makes scale inevitable for the same reasons it was long resisted: economic reality.
Our relationship with the home has been fundamentally changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. On demand, the home is now our office, our school, our restaurant, our gym and our cinema; it needs to be a protective barrier to the “outside”. The future home will emphasise the home as a sanctuary focused on hygiene and health
A generation of Baby Boomers, who are the richest in recorded history, are approaching an age where they will need to be cared for. Aided by advances in telehealth technologies, ageing in place is becoming a viable and scalable alternative to nursing homes. The future home could evolve towards becoming the “companion” home for elderly care.
The future home will integrate smart ecosystems into a compatible and cohesive whole. Consumers will trend towards single user interfaces to control each ecosystem, from cleaning, cooking, and entertaining to beauty care. As AI evolves, human intervention in managing the home will gradually become zero.
The principles of reduce, reuse and recycle permeate all resources from energy, to water to food. This is boosted by resource home generation and grow at home trends for getting “off grid”. Sustainable innovation reaches an inflection point when investment in the sustainable choice is no longer a compromise but a necessity.
Due to decreasing home sizes, consumers prefer that each room and item of furniture to be versatile. Technology needs to be there when we need it, and hidden when we do not. Space needs to be flexible for the task at hand (sometimes two tasks at the same time). Each new product in the future home has to justify its “clutter”.
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