Around the IFA19 and the late hangover
For us, the unmissable highlights of the IFA were everything to do with screen technologies. First and foremost, the Big Players like Samsung, LG, or Panasonic. The bendable OLED screens feature is used for generating meaningful use of products at home, for example, saving space despite their larger size. Foldable smartphones are an upcoming product generation. Tablets, laptops, and smartwatches will certainly also become foldable.
In the case of televisions, the bendable function is already questionable. You can pave your walls entirely with OLED foil, of course, but now the idea of integrating the TV into the living room is emerging strongly. Simple frames made of real wood or warm colors, reminiscent of decorative picture frames or even furniture look like a trend.
Integration into the living room also plays a vital role together with other large appliances. We saw personalized refrigerators extremely colorful or with street art graphics that increase the individualization of spaces.
Somehow this makes sense if you consider that the living space is getting smaller. The kitchen and the living room are blending, the appliances look like colorful wardrobes and certainly appeal to a younger target group.
In the case of small appliances, you have to take a close look and see which functional innovations they hide. Devices are now partly minimalist and partly sculptural objects. Here, new product solutions for the Home Automation and Healthy Living sectors are rapidly emerging. Everything is monitored, even the weather, and voice assistants everywhere give you the feeling of being “the master of disaster”.
Still to mention the fact that there were suddenly quite a few models within the In-Ear sector, some with some weird neck bars. Moreover, the noise-canceling feature applied to all headphones displayed at the fair. And the old MP3 player, displayed as a stand-alone product, with hi-fi sound quality. This time, of course, the MP3 could not come back… or we will see.
This trend forecast was written by Alexander Meinke, Industrial Designer at TEAMS Design Hamburg.