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Health and Wellness Trending Among Interior Designers

ASID’s Outlook Report ranks health and wellness first and sustainability third in most-influential industry trends.  

Health and Wellness Adoption Curve

Health and wellness was the #1 trend identified by the report, though residential designers reported much higher adoption of these strategies to date than commercial designers.

Source: ASID report: 2015/16 Outlook and State-of-the-Industry
Energy efficiency is the new normal, designing for health and wellness is on the uptake curve, and resilient design is poised to make inroads, according to the 2015/2016 Outlook and State-of-the-Industry Report from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), which was released at NeoCon 2015.

“The problems interior designers are tasked with solving are far more complex than they’ve ever been before, and design is becoming more interdisciplinary as a result,” concludes the report. But with the industry now fully recovered from the 2008 recession (annual sales now amount to $8.6 billion), designers are positioned well for the challenge.

According to a survey of more than 200 practitioners, addressing wellness and sustainability are ranked among the top three trends for the industry. In 2015, 40% of interior design projects included green elements that were either requested by the client or suggested by the designer. Residential designers reported higher adoption of wellness strategies than commercial designers, while commercial designers reported higher adoption of sustainability strategies—though both characterized energy optimization and providing a connection to nature as close to being the “new normal.”

Resilient design was also identified as a significant trend for the industry, including designing for social responsibility and adaptability, but many residential designers reported that more information is needed for adoption to take off.

Read more about top design trends

Resilient Design: 7 Lessons from Early Adopters

Green Design: What’s Love Got to Do with It?

Building for People: Integrating Social Justice into Green Design

Published June 19, 2015

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