What forms has contemporary living adopted? How has the concept of home evolved over the last few years? How have domestic habits changed? How are they likely to change over the next few decades? What challenges do domestic spaces face right now in order to become more “habitable.”
Our idea of home living is not set in stone but is subject to constant change. In any case, cities are becoming increasingly dynamic, technological and oriented towards the future, influencing our idea of home living. Cities these days are focused on sustainability with a view to improving their urban layout and making spaces more efficient, liveable and integrated with each other, on a human scale. Within this context, design represents a lens through which reality and its trajectories can be read, laying bare unprecedented consumer needs and habits. The new objects that populate domestic spaces are characterised by their future-oriented design, also in a more concrete sense – along with design and functionality, durability is an essential parameter when it comes to greater sustainability. Change has therefore become the leitmotif, along with increasingly present technological development, simplifying everyday processes and improving contemporary living.
At Road to Salone 2024, the road trip through Europe and the United States, which gave an initial taster of the 62nd edition of the Salone del Mobile, the subject of contemporary living was central to the meetings with international designers, who threw original and enriching light on this particular theme. At the Cheval Blanc Paris, a historic Parisian building revisited by Peter Marino, the designer Patrick Jouin underscored the fact that home living is in constant evolution, a key concept for the Salone del Mobile: “The number of family members changes, we’re living longer, and we become more attached to our homes as we get older. The Salone del Mobile is the place for staying in touch with these ongoing evolutions – what we learned in design and architecture schools is no longer 100% sufficient. We need to stay updated and adaptable, understand life in a broader, deeper sense. As a designer, I can say that you always need to strike a balance, and not be alarmed by the changes. Then you also need to know how to play it.”