Heimtextil 2016: How key wellbeing trends are influencing design

For this year’s annual interior design trade show Heimtextil 2016, the WGSN Mindset consulting team worked to create an interiors theme park to tell the story of the key wellbeing trends for 2016/7 and how they are influencing design.

The idea with the amazing trend Theme Park was to create a tactical inviting space, to help people experience, see, touch and smell the trends they curated called Well-Being 4.0.

Well-Being 4.0 focus on four key themes: Protect, Energise, Nourish and Enrich– and these themes are connected through a circle of wellness. They are driven by consumer behaviour, and new design talent which is focused on making our lives easier, more comfortable and happier.

Here Helen Sac and Lisa Douet from WGSN Mindset explain what Well-Being 4.0 means and how they are bringing the human element back into design.

1. Protect


Wellbeing theme: Driven by the need to retreat and disconnect from the busy 24/7 lives we lead, Protect is about taking ‘me time’, detoxing from bad food eaten on-the-go, and really relaxing, as silence takes centre stage.

Design influence: This trend predicts a clean aesthetic. Cocoon shapes protecting us from the world, light colours reflecting meditation and understated designs reflect this.

2. Energise


Wellbeing theme: People use technology to boost their feelings of well-being, as the digital world extends into our physical world. The borders between being online and offline are becoming blurred and bringing new levels of energy.

Design influence: This high-energy trend plays out through lively aesthetics with intensive brilliance and gloss, kaleidoscopic patterns and humorous, athletic designs.


3. Nourish


Wellbeing theme: As consumers we are keen to reconnect to nature and create a more sustainable world around us. Within cities there is a huge focus on making areas green, from small vegetable patches to mobile gardens and reclaiming old, abandoned land to plant new life.

Design influence: The colour palette celebrates the beauty of greens, as well as dark browns and greys, in harmony with elements such as the soil and stone. Natural materials are coupled with pioneering design. Handcrafted products play a special part in the process by accentuating the beauty of the source.


 4. Enrich


Wellbeing theme: The focus is about indulging and making time for ourselves, enjoying valuable ‘me time’ in  luxury surroundings. This is about luxury and opulent me time, valuing yourself and investing in well-made products that last.

Design influence: Opulent and highly decorative elements,which blend cultural references with the past and future. Ornamental ensembles and shimmering, classy materials are eye-catching. Superb, rich colours like plum and crimson abound with metallic gold, brass and bronze elements.

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