Tailoring, sustainability and technology: the three most important trends in the sector, explained

the contract has also changed, like everything else.

The most rational sector and detached from design hyperbole, but not from decorative ones, is adapting more and more to contemporary standards. Luxurious yes, but with judgment and respect for the environment. Functional, yet intuitive and human centered.

Sartorial, but with an eye more on contemporary art than on ornamental custom made. Three then the main themes of the news 2022 in the field of projects for collective or public spaces. A quick vademecum to understand what is happening in the sector and how it will change in the near future.

The contract is site specific

There is an imaginative bias when it comes to contract design: we tend to think that it must respond with punctuality and precision to serial, repeatable and easily scalable solutions.

Because to furnish the 100 rooms of a hotel you really need to be able to think of projects based on modular solutions depending on the small or large differences in space.

A fact that is only partially true and, perhaps, less and less precise in describing the reality of the contract. Public places, whether they are welcoming, work, fitness or well-being, are more cared for. The projects aim to break standardization and simplification to embrace a path that is perhaps more complex but also much more fascinating and creative.

The goal is to really work on the genius loci and the identity content of each single place. This is confirmed by Catellani & Smith, a brand used to working on custom made and on the uniqueness of pieces that always seem different. Because in fact they are sartorial: the brand responds to the stimuli of a client ranging from the world of contemporary art to haute cuisine and luxury catering.

The concept of site specific is the basis of a highly creative attitude that feeds on high-level design challenges.

The contract is sustainable thanks to technology

There are perfect materials for the contract, such as marble. Resistant and beautiful in every variant, it is the elective choice for high-end projects, for luxury places and large hotels. And even for the yacht design: a counterintuitive use given the weight of the material.

The new processes low thickness actually make it possible to obtain lighter slabs, to be used for tops and coverings even on boats and ships. The low thickness marble is produced in subtlety, a high-tech manufacturing that allows to reach thicknesses of 3 mm.

In a second phase, the slab is strengthened by a honeycomb support network, which guarantees its structural stability.

In any type of design operation that involves the use of natural stones, lightness is also a key factor for sustainability. Thinner slabs weigh less and involve less impactful and more agile logistics.

In this sense Franchiumberto Marmi is at the forefront with one of the largest and most technically advanced production sites on the territory and a series of certifications that confirm the great attention to a truly eco-friendly mining activity.

The contract offers simple solutions

The most interesting aspect of collective spaces, whatever their nature, is the design of functionality and flows. Organizing the movement of many people, their temporary passage, in a rational and safe way is important both for the success of a project and for offering a sense of care and protection.

The simpler and easier to read the idea, the greater the chance that people will feel at ease in the space they use together with other strangers.

USM recently reflected on how to expand the functionality of its modular furnishing systems to make them more suitable for contract use.

One of the solutions is a lock system for its legendary lockers. A rational and efficient add-on could only come from the Swiss brand.

The latest novelty is the electromechanical lock C, associated with a specially developed app, to secure your personal items. Thanks to a double technology, RFID and Bluetooth, the lock can, in fact, be easily operated with a magnetic key or smartphone.

The design is simple, the result of an aptitude for plain language and for a clear and intuitive interaction with people who, in fact, are passing through or are part of large working communities.