A mental line is being drawn through the home: on one side are the spaces for spending time with friends and family while on the other private spaces, such as the bedroom, bathroom or home office, are clearly separated. Zoning private and public areas is the answer to the growing need for a home of one’s own as a place of retreat – but without cutting off contact with loved ones.
Immateriality is the ace in the pack: emphasising the experiential character of leisure time and use of the home
Just as the two zones are different, their interior design also differs. In the areas of the home that are designed to impress, the trend is increasingly moving towards minimalism. Functions are also being combined here. In architecture, large living spaces with attached kitchens are currently seen as the ultimate solution. Opening up the kitchen towards the living room gives it a cosier feel, but without sacrificing the wow factor. Another must-have for the living room is a digital home theatre with plenty of space for relaxing on the sofa, armchair or lounger. And let’s not forget the wood burner. When the living room is opened up on to the garden or balcony, home living becomes even more expansive.
Hidden away behind cupboard doors
The growing complexity of our everyday lives is intensifying the desire for clarity and order in our homes. Simplification is achieved by reducing the household and consumer products – here some of the keywords are #happycleaning and degrowth – and by expanding the living space. Superfluous items or those only used temporarily vanish behind doors or are stowed away in the cellar. Old familiar items of furniture once long forgotten are making a comeback – step forward the sideboard and living room cabinet. Favourite pieces can be on show in a glass display cabinet while still creating a sense of order. Traditional shelving by contrast is becoming less important with the digitalisation of favourite CDs, DVD collections and books. What’s more, the space it takes up is urgently needed for other things. People are desperately looking for alternative storage space and increasingly finding it in the form of a garden shed or attic. And while demand for rented storage space is still relatively low at the moment, we can expect to see it grow in the future. Room-in-room concepts such as architectural furniture, built-in cupboards or floor-to-ceiling kitchen units that can serve as broom cupboards meet the new criteria for a “clean” home.
Minimalism and comfort don’t have to be a contradiction in terms by any means, and this is something that traditional home lifestyles in Scandinavia and Japan demonstrate. They rely on a combination of clean lines and warmer tones paired with tempting structures and materials such as wood and textiles that exude comfort. Softly rounded shapes are very much “permitted” in minimalism. After all, who says that a minimalist table can only have angular edges and legs? In truth, minimalist only means that a form should have nothing superfluous and perhaps also that the materials should be chosen so that their density is at a minimum, which creates clarity and lightness in the ideal scenario.
Basic geometric shapes as the foundation of a new style
The exponents of Bauhaus nurtured a great love of simple geometry, and it was no coincidence that its students engaged with the cubist artwork of Picasso and Gris. In accordance with the cubist approach, they reduced objects down to their basic geometric shapes and used these abstract forms to produce new products. And as we celebrate 100 years of the Bauhaus, it looks as if the minimalist interior design style is up-to-the-minute like never before.