The influence of technology and trends of modern life that would continue to impact the design and products used in the homes and bathrooms of the future. At a recent meeting some design experts have discussed the points that will identify the house of the future. Grohe has participated in the discussion as one of the essential parts in the future of design and housing.
Emerging were four key themes defining future homes:
1. The bathroom as a sanctuary
High-density urban living will be the norm for many, while personal space will become even more precious and compact.“The bathroom is the last room in the house with a lock,” said Flowers,“and it will play a critical role in allowing for much-needed moments of escape, relaxation and rejuvenation. The strictly functional role of the bathroom as a hygiene space will evolve to become a psychological oasis.”
“The implication is a bathroom that creates an immersive and escapist environment,” said James Slade.
As boundaries expand, the bath will also be seamlessly integrated with the bedroom from an aesthetic perspective – design elements carried throughout, more use of art and furnishings and less tile. In addition, the integrated space will be a more direct reflection on how people use this space in their homes.
2. Customization and personalization
Consumers turn to design publications and digital resources like Houzz, Pinterest and HGTV to help them cultivate their aesthetic sensibility and personalize their space. To appeal to consumers who increasingly want to create “unique” spaces, it is critical for manufacturers to offer a variety of finishes and design solutions as well as lines with a wide range of products to mix and match. For example,GROHE’s popular Grandera™ line offers single-lever and classical wide-set faucets, deck-mounted Roman Tub fillers, dramatic floor-mounted tub fillers, coordinated overhead showers and hand showers and is complemented by the white porcelain accessories from soap dispensers and beakers to shower shelves. From a functional standpoint, designers look at the individual’s usability. For example, you may want the ability to position shower streams based on your height and the configuration of your bath.GROHE was the first to introduce custom shower systems into the US market.
3. Sensorial experience
From lighting to scent—the human senses will be evoked at greater levels. “The experience has to be sensorial,” said Flowers. With a 24-7 “always on” connection the consumer seeks moments of respite through the day rather than blocks of days, for example. There will be greater emphasis on providing these moments of respite through sensorial details, especially at times of transition-when people enter their homes or enter their bedrooms.
4. How technology extends to the bathroom
From streaming home entertainment, remote home security systems and monitoring to wirelessly-enabled appliances, technology continues to impact consumer’s lives and homes. Technology contributes to the acceleration of our lifestyles, but at the same time, we’re using technology as a means to escape and improve our lives. In the bathroom, technology enables conveniences like turning on a shower that is set to the precise desired temperature and spray pattern before one even sets foot in the bathroom.Technological advancements in product design also allow for a full shower experience while using less water.