Our environments define us, they say a lot about our tastes and needs and the priorities in our lives. In the current scenario of the global COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining health has become our highest priority and that is why it is urgent to rethink furniture, materials and spaces to protect ourselves from the virus, adapt to changes and improve our quality of lifetime.
The confinements in Spain have made people spend more time indoors, exacerbating a series of needs to which the national furniture and materials industry tries to respond through different lines of research and innovation in the sector.
The interior design initiatives, which have been made public in the Ministry of Science and Innovation, are aimed at fulfilling several functions to adapt to new trends derived from the new habits generated by COVID-19:
1.- PREVENT THE SPREAD OF VIRUSES
The spread of the COVID-19 virus occurs by contact with infected surfaces or by transmission through particles suspended in the air. Materials such as silver ions with antiviral capacity or with integrated biosensors to detect the presence of viruses and self-repairing coatings after disinfection treatment, are ideal to repel the permanence of bacteria on surfaces.
Along with these bactericidal materials, technologies are also key, such as laser beam solutions to delimit space, biometric systems with “contact less” interaction with the environment and real-time monitoring methodologies to guarantee air quality through a good ventilation of interior spaces through home automation.
Teleworking and new forms of “home office” have prompted the need to delimit spaces within the home, in order to cope in the most optimal way a distinction between personal, family and work life. The spaces must now be multifunctional to integrate leisure and work without compromising comfort and aesthetics.
3.- CONTACT WITH NATURE
Another trend is the greater use of terraces and balconies to enhance the indoor-outdoor relationship, as well as the creation of indoor gardens as a guarantee of well-being and inner peace.
4.- HEALTHY DECORATION
Minimalism and versatile and adaptable furniture have become a staple. Collectors are no longer looking for any artwork to decorate their spaces, but those compatible with their safety standards. Photocatalytic paint is positioned as one of the most sustainable materials with the environment and with the health of people, by improving the air quality of spaces.