5 Major Issues Faced by the Interior Design Industry Today

The architecture and interior design sector have seen some dramatic changes over the years. It’s currently evolving at a faster pace than ever before, since the sustainable design revolution at the tail end of the 20th century.

In the modern design environment, it’s commonplace to see everything from innovative re-use and preservation to cloud-based services and community-led projects. To create spaces that are both functional and beautiful, new creative methods team with advances in research, data mining, neuroscience, health and building performance, etc. This brings a lot of benefits to the table but creates new challenges as well.

Let’s look at the top 5 issues affecting interior design today:

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1. User Experience and Brand Identity –

These two factors drive the design process from start to end, and their importance has grown tremendously over the years. They will continue to define the industry as a whole, right from decisions about size and style of a space to the furnishings, lighting, and materials used in it.

Conceptualizing spaces based on brand identity is no longer restricted to corporate settings either. There is a rising demand for interiors that tell a story, share a message and create an emotional ‘connect’, across the design spectrum.



2. Strategic Design and Leadership –

Design solutions are increasingly being connected to economic, cultural and social factors, driving further changes in the field. Today, there is greater awareness about the impact of design on client and customer experience, which creates a unique need for entrepreneurs.

Firms need to focus more on design strategy now if they want success. The industry is calling for designers who are also leaders and strategists, offering tailor-made solutions and flexible ideas that overcome challenges like limited space or resource availability.



3. The ‘Interiors and Health’ Connection –

Easy access to information and growing environmental, health and sustainability concerns have led to some revolutionary changes in the design sector. Modern ‘smart’ buildings are designed to be intuitive, scalable, user-friendly and most importantly, health-oriented.

The connection between interior design and health goes far beyond a building’s impact on your physical well-being. Designers also need to consider emotional and mental health benefits of lighting, ventilation, orientation, indoor air quality and various other factors.

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4. Benefits for Local and Global Communities –

With digital communication and sharing, designers become part of a greater community when they’re working on a project. In addition to environmental concerns, they are also expected to maximize their positive impact on social justice, both on a local and global scale.

Industry demands need to be balanced against social ones, keeping the larger picture in mind. The world has become a much smaller place than ever before, and ripples caused by any change can be seen across vast geographical, social and economic distances.


handshake5. Integration within the Profession –

The changes in modern interior design are not limited to procedures but have also redefined the role of the designer. Today, interior designers need to operate as leaders, but also as part of a team. Their duties are no longer narrowly defined, but there is also a greater need for specialization.

As it evolves, the conflicting demands of the profession will drive the need for better integration and versatility. It will also require innovative ideas, flexible problem-solving, tactical and strategic skills, especially while working with interdisciplinary teams and service providers (like a souring agent).

Excella Global’s team of Global Sourcing Agents dedicated to helping you retain your edge in an ever-changing industry. If you’re looking for a dependable partner to handle your procurement needs for any interior design project, get in touch with us today!

Shruti Agarwal

Shruti Agrawal is the Managing Director of Excella Global. Her electronics engineering background encourages her to be on the lookout for ways to challenge and disrupt business models to make them better. She has a keen eye for architecture and design paired with the ability of recognizing trends that work, which allows her to put forward value for her readers in the content she creates. Her experience in the procurement and sourcing industry only adds to this.

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