How is technology affecting interior design?

Product & design development

The internet has brought with it an era of collaboration, where designers, manufacturers and consumers around the world can come together and bring a design to life. BIM – Building Information Modelling – has had an enormous impact in this space, allowing everyone working on a project to collaborate and communicate effortlessly, speeding up the design process and minimising errors. It has also allowed designers from all over the world to collaborate on projects, meaning a Japanese designer can easily collaborate with a London design studio, for example. 

Another area to watch within product and design development is the advent of virtual reality (VR). Spaces can be visualised in 3D from an infinite number of angles, helping ensure a design fits as intended. VR can also act as a feedback mechanism, where a client can see the development of a product as it is designed, requesting changes throughout the design process in a seamless way. 

Technology has changed interior design in many ways, leaving a permanent mark on the design process from conception to construction.  Be it a gadget or an innovative material, the 21st century has left its mark in the way we design contemporary interiors.