The five living trends of the future In the coming years, the “apartment” living space will change significantly. The changing living concepts are influencing the lives of everyone. However, they also require a rethink in politics and in the economy. For companies, these concepts offer opportunities, as almost all industries are affected by the change in living situations: furniture manufacturers and technology companies, but also banks, garbage disposal, and educational institutions. Here we briefly present the five most important living trends up to 2025.
01. Green living
The urban living space should become more attractive, safer, and healthier for everyone. Amongst other things, nature will increasingly play a part in this process. People want to live in the country or in harmony with the natural world. At the same time, consumers are paying increasing attention to the health aspects of materials and surfaces.
Green facades improve the air quality, produce oxygen, and filter dust, pollutants, and noise. They also provide protection against heat and cold.
02. Third place living
The new small-room apartments will become a customized place of retreat and the small living space will be extended by what are referred to as “third places”. This term denotes public spaces outside the home and the workplace, such as kitchens to hire for cooking in large groups, or cafés and bars that resemble living rooms. The entire city will become a residential landscape.
03. Collaborative living
The apartment blocks of the future will become a living space that combines different lifestyles. The private living space will be reduced to what is most important to each individual and the residential functions that are most important on a daily basis – everything else will be “outsourced”: to the shared kitchen, the garden cooperative, or the co-working space, for example.
“The betahaus is a community that shares more than just the office space.”Christoph Fahle,
Co-Founder of betahaus Berlin
04. Smart Being
Technology changes daily life. It is sophisticated solutions in particular that prevail – such as an intelligent heating control system. However, the technologies have to provide a real added value and must be intuitive to operate. What is interesting about this is that the more analog modern technology appears to be, the more readily it is accepted in the living space.
Integrates harmoniously into the living space: the smart table lamp with integrated loudspeaker is the result of collaboration between Ikea and Sonos.
05. Conceptual Living
Rooms are increasingly becoming hybrids – they are no longer reduced to individual living functions and instead, are used for multiple purposes and divided up into functional areas that can be changed time and again. Using wall elements, soft furnishings, and innovative furniture – referred to as “flexware” – residents can repeatedly adapt these zones to their new needs.
Photos: Alamy, istockphoto, shutterstock, betahaus berlin, obs/IKEA Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG/Inter IKEA Systems B.V. 2019, Juul de Bruijn
Design study: The “MoreFloor” timber floor from Juul de Bruijn can be converted into a bed, a shoe rack, a clothes stand, and a storage box.