Last week I attended a lecture hosted by New York School of Interior Design, Beyond Aesthetics: Innovation in Materials with guest speakers Carole Derby VP of R&D at Designtex and Andrew Dent Ph.D. VP of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion. This was the first lecture in the Interior Design field that I attended and I must say it was very interesting and truly enlightening to hear the different concerns other Interior Designers face with their clients, in addition to the new and prospective alternative materials being used in the field like Ecovative design and Kebony wood.
Cross-pollination, Material Transformation and Circular Economy were among the many terms added to my vocabulary through this lecture. For those of you who may be novice to these ideas like myself, in the context of design, Cross-pollination is the mixing or blending of materials, ideas, aesthetic, etc. from different industries to create something new fusing together the art, architecture, design, and fashion and even the healthcare industries. The transformation of a surface materials, design or space is Material transformation. In the Circular Economy everything is considered a system and the ideas is to create recyclable materials for example creating Wallpaper, with multiple life cycles, that can be removed and used as something else rather having one life cycle.
During the lecture an enlightening point was mentioned, the increasing demand of clients beyond aesthetic to transparency. No more are the days when clients purely want beautiful interiors, now they want to know what is in the products being used in there homes, offices, etc. they require granular product breakdown.
The aim of Research and Development sectors of companies like Designtex and Material ConneXion is to anticipate the changes in interiors and create products, materials and design solution to address those changes. Conductive textiles, and the desire to remove the technological interfaces in interiors are also among the goals of R&D. However, the most important questions to ask when in the innovation process is, what is the purpose? and how will it serve the customer?
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Beyond Aesthetics: Innovation in Materials Lecture