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What is high tech interior design?


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What is high tech interior design?
Clara Carlino de Paz
September 21, 2023

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Technology is becoming an ever present part of our lives, and interior design is no exception. Our homes are extensions of our lives outside, and as such, technology is increasingly a necessary component to our houses. Until now, technology has been left to appliances and entertainment centres, but this is changing.

Of course, as our readers will know, we're partial to eclectic, rustic and wabi sabi interiors, so this article will be more about supplementing you own personal style with technology, rather than adopting some pseudo-futuristic patina in your designs. In particular, we will dive into what high tech interior design is all about and explore the future technology that will be used in this field. From 3D visualisation to smart security systems, we're diving deep into all the exciting advancements in high tech interior design. For more professional interior design content, subscribe to our newsletter.

What are the characteristics of high tech interiors?

High tech interior design combines modern technology (e.g. touch screens, smart sensors) to create functional and human-centred spaces. Often, high tech interiors incorporate easy-to-clean shiny surfaces, natural materials, stainless steel, and stone and ceramic tiles. Minimalism and compact wall units are popular in this design style.

minimalist living room
Photography by Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, design by Norm Architects

What future technology will be used in interior design?

Air purifiers and low VOC materials

VOCs are organic chemicals that can easily evaporate into the air at room temperature. They are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids, and they are found in a wide range of products and materials, including paints, cleaning supplies, furniture, carpets, and more. Increasingly, more people are concerned with the health side effects of these gases.

As a result, and because of the rise of pollution, air purifiers and cleaners are gaining popularity. They are devices designed to remove various airborne contaminants from indoor air. These contaminants can include dust, pollen, pet dander, mold spores, bacteria, viruses, and even VOCs. We think these will rise in importance with time.

air purifier
Dyson Air Purifier, photography by Body + Soul

Virtual reality theatres

Virtual reality theatres are a captivating feature of high tech interior design. Incorporating advanced technology, these spaces provide an immersive experience for users, transporting them to new and exciting worlds. From entertainment to education and training, virtual reality theatres offer endless possibilities. The design of these spaces must be meticulously planned to ensure optimal user experience. Each element, from tech style furniture pieces to configuration of air ducts, is carefully considered to create a seamless and engaging environment. With virtual reality theatres, the boundaries of traditional interior design are pushed, opening up new realms of creativity and innovation.

high tech interior design

Apple Vision Pro

Smart meters for energy and water consumption

Smart meters play a crucial role in high-tech interior design by tracking and monitoring energy and water consumption. Designers can analyze the data collected by these smart meters to optimize resource usage and promote the sustainability of a space. With real-time feedback on energy and water usage, adjustments can be made to minimize costs and reduce environmental impact. This technology empowers designers and clients to make informed decisions about energy-efficient solutions, ultimately creating spaces that are both functional and eco-friendly. By harnessing the power of smart meter data, designers can revolutionize the way interior spaces are configured, making them more efficient and in accordance with the principles of sustainable design.

smart meter
Smart meter by Look After My Bills

Smart security systems

With high-tech style becoming increasingly popular in interior design, designers now have the ability to seamlessly integrate smart security systems into their projects. These systems offer enhanced safety and monitoring capabilities for interior spaces, ensuring the protection of valuable assets and providing peace of mind. In accordance with client preferences and needs, designers can customize security settings, offering a personalized experience. Smart security systems also provide the convenience of remote access and control, allowing users to monitor and manage their security from anywhere. With these innovative features, smart security systems offer a new level of safety, both for the inhabitants and assets of a home.

Smart cameras by Reolink

3D Visualisation

With the introduction of 3D visualization technology, designers now have the ability to create stunning and realistic virtual representations of interior spaces. This allows clients to immerse themselves in their future designs, visualizing and exploring different options before making any final decisions. Not only does 3D visualization enhance communication between designers and clients, but it also streamlines the overall design process, eliminating any potential misunderstandings. From lighting and colors to materials and furniture placement, this technology enables a better understanding and visualization of every aspect of the high-tech interior design.

interior design rendering
3D Visualisation by Omega Render

Interior design business technology

In the world of interior design, business technology plays a crucial role in streamlining operations and boosting productivity, ultimately supporting the development of new interior design philosophies. With project management software like Portaire, designers can effortlessly track project progress, manage budgets, and collaborate with team members. This tech style facilitates seamless communication and coordination between designers and clients, ensuring that everyone is on the same page. Additionally, technology allows for efficient scheduling and resource allocation, optimizing the use of high-tech style pieces of furniture and accessories. By simplifying administrative tasks and enhancing overall efficiency, interior design business technology paves the way for success in commercial projects.

Product management software by Portaire