The Rise of Flexible Design in 2023
Physically interchangeable, or utilising tech in order to allow for shifting perceptions within a space are defining flexible design in 2023.
The ‘return to the office’ post pandemic saw the rise of more modular, flexible and multi purpose office spaces as well as domestic design solutions for city-dwellers across the globe, underpinning a growing cultural requirement for multi-use spaces and flexible design. Modular furniture, as well as visionary residential housing concepts, such as the Peruvian architecture concept featured in Dezeen allows residence to physically alter their home structure according to their needs.
Immersive exhibitions such as LUX and digital artists like Refik Anadol and Artechouse show how tech innovations in projection, holograms and lighting can be used to transform our perception of the spaces around us, without the need for physical alteration.
Prada and AMO explore how light and space alter our perceptions with a retractable ceiling in their AW23 menswear show. Pop-up retail concepts such as plant supplier Oasiz and this Tokyo gallery shop use modular, interchangeable elements to capitalise on space and functionality, as well as a fully repurposed and re-purposeable materials register to truly embody the notion of non-permanent retail and zero waste.
Powerful cultural influencers like sustainability, optimisation and fluidity are driving the need for agility and flexibility in our spaces in 2023.