The future of living and the influence of art

Ever wondered what the future of homes and furniture might look like? Will technology solve all our problems, or will we suffer significantly from climate change?

Predicting the future is something none of us can do, as there are so many futures possible by each of our actions and external environmental things happening to us.

For example, the war between Ukraine and Russia has changed many people's lives. Most of those would not have thought their lives would significantly change, yet it, unfortunately, did happen. Something like a war, or an environmental disaster that is primarily out of our control, could happen without us knowing.

Even though we cannot predict the future, we can look at global trends, like population growth and the increased use of technology, to see how our future lives might be shaped.

How will we live?

The rapid population growth in populations will challenge the housing market incredibly. Homes are not being built rapidly enough, and due to this, people come up with creative solutions to either have a roof over their heads or save much money for a home. Our creativity in times of need is helping us out. For example, houses are being built in parking garages, and people have started living in elderly homes.

Another trend currently happening, especially for millennials, is living in a campervan, which gives them the freedom to work from anywhere while not paying an immense amount of money for a property. The rising house prices bring another massive impact to us, as we will see more and more people sharing homes. We will not just live in a home with two people as a family, but with two different families in one home instead.

The use of technology

On the other hand, intelligent homes with integrated technology will make our lives easier. The air-conditioning will be on before we arrive home, and we do not have to cook anymore as robots will cook for us. Technology brings another trend, too, by enhancing the lives we will live online. Virtual reality, for example, gives us all the possibility to live a different life from reality, which includes our views on art and furniture.

You might have heard about the metaverse. The metaverse combines the words 'meta' and 'universe'. It is like a second life that can we live entirely online. We will not need to buy furniture or art anymore in this world. We can upload it to our digital houses and art.

What will art look like in the future?

The rapid trend in technology does not look like it will stop any time soon. Also, artists are taking up the trend for digital art by increasingly making 3D sculptures (watch this space!), Virtual Reality, or the already much-used software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. NFT is also making a massive impact on our view on art and how we can buy or use it, as NFT art is online digital files. Comparing this with a dozen years ago, how have things changed! We shift from real art made from materials to intangible artworks we only own on our computers.

Upcycling and climate change

Besides these trends, artists are increasingly concerned about the impact consumerism has on our climate. Artists are existing upcycling materials or creating work by eliminating non-needed objects. Such as myself. By reusing existing elements and providing them with messages for the viewer, they help the planet and the people as they reuse what is already there while creating artwork.

What I learned from classes in foresight

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