Fluid Interiors

By Giuseppe Morando - Interiors India 2017 Magazine Edition

We live in a liquid society, where geographic and cultural boundaries are blurred. More and more, our ideas, aspirations and tastes are being shared on a global stage and liked by a wider audience. It is crucial to consider the international scenario when speaking about design, since it is one of the most sensitive and fast reacting disciplines to cultural changes. The international network is the natural ecosystem for incubating new ideas and innovation. It will be a good learning opportunity only if local cultures metabolize foreign experiences resulting in a genuine enrichment.

It requires some maturity. Whether India is ready for it is the question. International network is the natural ecosystem. However, in local contexts, we witness design change and evolution and, from them, we learn. For many years now, the Indian scenario has been experiencing an important transformation in every field and interior design is no exception. Especially, house trends are most affected by the real estate market, whose growth is directly proportionate to area shrinkage.

As a result, compact solutions is what architects need to research on. The call for the current and next generations is to provide affordable houses not compromising on quality. Flexibility will also be the value considering the ongoing trend of more people working from home. In this scenario, we can say that among the areas of the house, the dining room is the one which is experiencing some rethinking or, rather, evolution.

This is somehow dictated by a change in the way the dining experience is considered, more casual – less formal and the way it is used, a sort of home office. Some change in its nature is also expected since in many cases today, it is a large transition space around which the rooms and toilets are distributed. The promiscuity of public and private areas will gradually fade away. Maybe, it is inherited from the recent past when extended families shared the same house… it is a matter of time and this Transformation will go along with a big Indian societal shift.

Homes require plug and play design solutions for fully integrated equipment, including a full-time internet connection. All of this results in a furniture taste that is moving from the woody traditional design to one where plastics, composite materials and technology play a key role. Similar to what is known as the “Ikea generation” abroad can soon be expected to emerge in India.

It would be the final move towards affordable design thinking and the growth of design awareness and sensitiveness that would force builders and developers to deliver better products to meet buyer expectations. An unprecedented landing of the most-recent, digital-driven applications is witnessed on the domestic areas. This has opened new paths for exploring form-finding strategies borrowing the rules and, in advanced cases, the behaviour from the natural domain for translating them into patterns, graphics and products for architecture and interiors.

Together with the digital shift, 3D printers are populating creative office desks as well as home office and makers’ workshops. Everyone can design and make a product for his own house. 3D wall tiles, chairs and lamps manufactured with cnc machines are already decorating the common areas of the house, especially dining room. Their material varies from stone to EPS, to other plastics and synthetics composites.

3D printing entered the dining room taking the dining experience to the next level. Recently special 3D printing bowls were designed to be integral to the dish itself. Food and dish are both part of the tasting experience. Food preparation is not any more confined within the kitchen. This open source attitude is changing the design industry; interiors will be never the same again. Together with the maturity of interior design schools, a contemporary Indian interior design taste can reveal itself. What is today an area-by-area design, will evolve into more coordinated interiors, unfolding consistently across the spaces of the house.

Interiors India 2017 Magazine Edition, By Giuseppe Morando