IMPACT OF COVID ON INTERIOR DESIGN
Updated: Jun 1, 2020
COVID-19 has disturbed the world economy and industries, driven many people out of jobs, rendered many helpless, and has shown the governments across the world how well they are prepared to handle such situations (or not!). But it has also made them aware of the shortcomings of the infrastructure, healthcare facilities, logistics and distribution systems, legal and administrative prowess.
But humans have always come out on top of any situation. This is the era of inventions, of creative thinking and problem solving and we full of all that. For the Interior Design and Architecture industry, this is the time to act, and take up the challenges faced by the governments with their shortcomings of the infrastructure and planning.
Following are the sectors expected to be given a boost by the respective governments:
Housing: The housing sector is considered to be the backbone of the real estate industry. Everyone deserves to have a home of their own, and now, with greater understanding and realisation, people will tend to purchase more homes, even if it’s a small one. The more sales, the more scope for Interior Designers, Architects and related vendors, to provide their services and products.
Healthcare: This lockdown has brought forward the true picture of our healthcare system, and how underprepared it is to tackle such emergencies. The sector is expected to get a great amount of input in terms of resources from the relative governments and private institutions, and is supposed to be developed in such a way that we are able to deal with any such calamity.
Logistics: During this lockdown, it has been observed that a lot of e commerce activity has taken place, and there has been a lot of dependency on food delivery platforms. There would definitely be a restructuring of the companies and the infrastructure of the logistics industry. Interior Designers and Architects would play a major role in helping the industry get back on its feet.
Food n Beverages: In this time of a crisis, it is observed, that most of the household spending was on staples and groceries, rather than eating out. And whatever percentage of food was ordered, was home delivery. In the near future, it is expected that there would be more of Quick Service Restaurants (QSR) and Take-away setups, rather than Dine-in and a lot of commercial cloud kitchens, which would give the existing brands a lot of flexibility, and the upcoming ones more relaxed environment than a competitive one.
Retail: There is going to be a drastic change in the face of Shopping and Retail, as there would be less number of customers expected to go out to shop, Limitations of the number of people allowed in a store at a time, less number of workforce per showroom. There will be a lot of inclination towards online shopping and Doorstep Fashion experiences.
Manufacturing: Automation and Robotics is going to be heavily relied upon in the coming future, to compliment the human inputs, so as to reduce increase efficiency, increase physical distance between people, to stop the spread of such viral infections and diseases. The industry is to experience an unexpected change of such sort in a very small span of time. There would be a lot of scope for the Architects and Designers to accommodate the same in their planning of such facilities.
There comes a time when there is a need to ascend to greater self, and being a better and more evolved being and this may be one of such times. We all have to understand that coming future would be the new normal.
NOTE: All the above mentioned are based on personal opinions and may differ from actual facts.