Jun 24, 2021 By IIDA HQP
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The pandemic has given us an opportunity to innovate how and where we design
By IIDA HQP Jun 24, 2021
Published in Perspective

In this issue of Perspective, we investigate how the pandemic is pushing designers to think differently—how are we innovating, and what can that mean for how we rethink the future.

Reality Check

Call it the COVID effect: Interior designers are focusing even more on meeting user needs (not what’s racking up likes on Instagram). How can we achieve functionality without sparing visual appeal. Read more

Modular Moves Mainstream

Prefabrication is proving even more relevant as designers find ways to deliver economies of scale—without skimping on quality. We take a look at how pre-fab is being pushed into new territories. Read more

Innovation in Isolation

The pandemic has fundamentally shifted designers’ creative process—and that may be a good thing. Designers share the adventure of innovation, new voices, and how they are facing the future. Read more

Talk, Talk

Hit refresh: How is the pandemic pushing designers to think differently? Amy Campos, IIDA and Maliha Nishat, director of interior design for the Middle East and Africa, Marriott International, Dubai reflect on changes. Read more

Checkin In: Next Gen

Looking to help hotels build back business, designers are rethinking interiors with a focus on tech and feel-good features. One prime focus: ensuring flexibility, says Cristina Villalón, co-founder, lead interior designer, and managing principal of Álvarez-Díaz & Villalón, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Read more

High 5

5 things you need to know about: a light-drenched resort tucked away in the Saudi Arabian desert, an alternative form of silk, new U.K. design standards, a sanitizing sun, and reusable cutlery backed by Pharrell. Read more

Scratch Pad

Get your summer reading list started with our design inspiration recommendations for summer. From iconic rock stars to fashion designers, visual artists and a look at the impact of design we’ve got you covered. Read more

Outside Wants In

Research supports the benefits of incorporating natural finishes, materials, and organic shapes—we ask designers share the importance of bringing natural elements inside—particularly when it comes to mental health. Read more

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