Suffice to say the Coronavirus pandemic has had unprecedented tremendous repercussions across the globe; impacting everyone from all walks of life – and the design industry is certainly no exception. What is evident as we utilise this time for reflection and analyses is the importance of the way interior spaces make us feel and the impact they have on our wellbeing. While, homeowners have used the time we’ve spent in ‘lockdown’ undertaking DIY and makeover jobs to enhance a focus on wellbeing; the luxury interiors market is no different, with many drawing their attention to previously abandoned thoughts of interior makeovers and filling up new-build blank canvases.
Of course, economic happenings, global pandemics and political affairs all influence design, and COVID-19 is undoubtedly not exempt in playing an all-important influencer role. In this month’s issue, Inex has talked to Style Library Contract about the emotions displayed by the UK, as a nation, following the outbreak, and how many of the styles and designs we’re witnessing in fabrics and textiles are resonating with the country’s current concerns and desires. Turn to page 10 to learn more about these designs and what’s trending within the fabric and textile industry for spring/summer 2020.
Elsewhere in this issue, we’ve talked to two trusted manufacturers about trends and issues we often encounter in two of the most-used rooms within a household – the kitchen and bathroom. Firstly, AGA Rangemaster talks Inex through the latest trends your clients will be quizzing you on concerning sinks and taps. Find out the reputable company’s tips on page 86. Meanwhile, on page 82, Geberit is lifting the lid on poor acoustics within the bathroom with a brand-new whitepaper, ‘A Sound Solution’. Here, the manufacturer of sanitary parts, shockingly, reveals how far behind other countries – such as Germany – the UK is with regards to acoustic regulations.