Alexander: There will be more local inspiration, and designers will go back to their cultural roots instead of looking to global sources of inspiration. With new technology and old ways of inspiration, we will see a lot of development in the design scene.
3D printing will change the logistic systems of the world so that a lot of transport needs will disappear, which will hugely benefit the climate. It will also change the production system so that the end consumer can start producing themself, and a lot of new small brands will appear.
Øyvind: In the future, we predict that sustainable and regenerative practices will become even more integrated into Scandinavian design. This will include an emphasis on using renewable materials, designing for a circular economy, and reducing the environmental footprint of products.
Quality and design for long lifespans with implied repairability of products will be key to reducing the need for virgin materials and combatting use-and-throw practices. Opportunities for incorporating sustainable practices into design may include biomimicry, innovative materials, and technologies, and designing for net positive impact.
Klara: Laws and regulations in sustainability will be more and more strict. Alongside this, the market will demand true sustainable design and solutions. I believe this will push in two directions: hard-wearing and reparable quality products for circular business models and biodegradable products for a shorter lifespan. Hopefully, this will push new ways of designing, exploring, and living.
Picture: Alexander Lervik, photo by Helen Pe