Interiors

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According to the American Society of Interior Designers, the current demand for interior design services is at the highest it has been in several years. Not only the sales of interior design products has increased by 35 percent, but firms specializing in the planning and design of interiors have also experienced growth at the rate 7.5 percent per annum. Experts believe that the growth is expected to continue, at a lower but still decent rate of 4 percent per year, through 2024.

To cater to the increased demand and seize lucrative revenue-generating opportunities, interior design firms are leveraging new visualization and building information tools, such as business information modeling (BIM), 3D printing, and Revit to develop better site understanding and plan projects accordingly. Virtual and augmented reality technologies will be used in interior design and visualization. Clients and designers will be able to experience and interact with virtual representations of interior spaces, allowing for better design decision-making and communication. In addition, to improve operational efficiency and reduce costs, technology-forward companies are investing in robotics, as well as making use of new building materials and methods to minimize injuries.

To ensure cost-efficiency of their design and construction practices, interior design firms also need to focus on understanding and responding to the evolving needs of customers. The nature of designer-client relationship has changed considerably in past few years, with many clients seeking a more participatory relation with their interior designers. They want to be directly involved in the design and planning process, as well as purchasing decisions.

Interiors will offer more opportunities for personalization and customization. Users will have the ability to tailor their workspace or living environment to their individual preferences and needs. This can include adjustable furniture, personalized lighting, and customizable layouts.

Just like any other industry, the interior design industry is experiencing the impact of higher sustainability standards set in order to address the challenge of global climate change. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) is in the process of rolling out new standards that will require interior designers and architects to adopt environment-friendly practices in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Apart from sustainability, decreasing workforce productivity is another concern for interior design firms. The engineering and construction sector is also struggling with lower productivity and is making a shift towards a more integrated approach in order to break information silos and ensure efficient workflow. Since interior designers and architects work in close collaboration with engineering and construction companies, they will also be required to develop more holistic solutions that are more agile, efficient, and value-generating.

Interiors in the AEC space is constantly evolving, and may be influenced by various factors, including technological advancements, cultural shifts, and client demands.

 

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