Guest author and Webb Design employee Mike Brown has seen the future of design and wants to share it with you.
A few weeks ago I was exposed to a video showing the exterior of a building in a downtown area. It took place at night for a product release celebration, and it was a stunning audio-visual presentation. From what I could tell, the entire façade of the building was a flat surface similar to a movie screen. But they could make it look any way they wanted! At least at night.
The façade of the building was repeatedly transformed, as though the building itself was morphing into different kinds of structures. The entire building even changed into an aquarium, and then an ice skating rink. It even deteriorated and fell into a heap of rubble at one point.
The Webb Design staff were exposed to this in our morning sharing session, and ideas about how to apply this technology to indoor environments began to dominate our group discussions for the next few days. Think of it: an ever-changing interior decor package that could be tuned to suit the space at any given time of day. The possibilities are endless: sustainability messages, wall colors, even accessorizing could be manipulated thru digital media. Of course there would be obvious challenges but the indoor environment is more controllable than the outdoors. As the technology evolves the possibilities are endless. Consider the cost savings: no paint, no millwork paneling, no three dimensional artifacts and accessories. Just a blank white wall where all this money was previously spent.
The cost of equipment and development of add ons is something to consider but as the use climbs the cost should decline. The future of interior design firms may include software programmers creating interior finish packages digitally. Interior design students might want to think about taking software programming classes along with interior design classes.