The impact of Covid-19 on the interior design industry
Domoteka, the largest upmarket furniture, home accessories and interior design retail destination in Poland, has spoken to leading interior design experts to find out how the disruption caused by the global pandemic has impacted interior design trends and consumer behaviour. The result is an in-depth report which highlights some key takeaways:
The shift to home-based working and home schooling for a period of time has prompted a significant increase in the demand for home office, multi-functional furniture, storage and accessories. A challenge which Domoteka’s retailers such as Zanotta and Magis have fully embraced, by adapting their collections accordingly.
Safety and hygiene
According to Tomek Rygalik, one of the most highly regarded Polish designers, the pandemic has further accelerated the progress and experimenting with different materials: from antibacterial coatings, to non-contact switches and antiviral ultraviolet lighting solutions to improve air quality. The latter were first unveiled at the September Salone del Mobile in Milan by Artemide, an upmarket specialist brand available from the Exclusive Lights showroom at Domoteka.
The importance of the outdoors, wellness and mental health
Gardens, balconies, terraces – at the height of the pandemic we all became familiar with the concept that it was safer to meet others outdoors rather than indoors. This has spiked a huge demand for outdoor furniture, fittings and related accessories.
When it comes to our homes, the report has highlighted that we now tend to pay more attention to our surroundings compared to pre-pandemic: decluttering, bringing the outdoors in with indoor plants and greenery, choosing objects that are pleasant to the touch with subdued, calm colours are now top priorities.
Domoteka is the first commercial facility in Poland entirely dedicated to interior design. Located less than 20 minutes from central Warsaw, it offers products from over 600 brands from around the world.