IFDA Announces Residential Trend Forecast for 2020
by Ian Volner | Friday, September 2, 2011 | 8 Comments
Dining rooms are coming back. Houses are scaling down. The living room will soon be a thing of the past. This is the next domestic frontier—a glimpse of the design scene of tomorrow—according to “20/20: IFDA’s Vision for the Future,” a new report from the International Furnishings and Design Association. The study is based on the results of the IFDA’s annual Crystal Ball Survey, which canvassed the organization’s 2000 members to see which way today’s practitioners think the design winds are blowing.
The effects of the economic downturn definitely seem foremost on the minds of the survey recipients. According to them, we can all look forward to smaller houses with smaller rooms by 2020: fully 76 percent of respondents said so, as opposed to only 49 percent at the last IFDA census. In our newly downsized homes, we’ll all be doing twice as much work—the report predicts a strong likelihood of more residences with not one but two home offices within. And in perhaps the survey’s most Jetson-esque prediction, a convincing 97 percent of designers surveyed said that in nine years, our living spaces will feature a larger number of electronic devices activated by means other than flipping a switch or turning a knob. Yes, voice command is going to be the next big thing in toast preparation.
Looking back—and forward—on the results, Susan Hirsh of the IFDA’s New York chapter said, “The reverberations of this recession will continue to impact the decisions and home purchases people make for years to come. I can hardly wait to see what IFDA’ers have to say when we conduct the next survey in 2020.”