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  • How will our homes change in 2016?
  • How will our homes change in 2016?
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2016 Expert Outlook on home

In the future will we build our own homes? Will we be pimping our kitchens? How will provenance play a part in interior design? As part of our Expert Outlook 2016 series we speak to three home experts about the future of interiors, Third Age Housing and the ever-changing family unit.

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How will we be living in 2016? For the home Expert Outlook 2016, Canvas8 speaks to Alex Ely, the founder of Mæ and a leading authority on housing design, Mark C. O'Flaherty, design writer and photographer, sociologist Philip N. Cohen and Emma J Page of 25 Beautiful Homes.





  • Article image How the role of grandma and grandpa is changing in the US

    Today’s Boomer grandparents have a historically unique role in families and as consumers. Lori Bitter presents findings from her new book, The Grandparent Economy, that reveal how they’re changing spending patterns, adapting to new tech, and sparking a return to multi-generational households.

  • Article image Tylko: customise your perfect furniture with AR

    Buying furniture can be stressful as you never really know how it’ll look until it’s in your house. Warsaw-based Tylko wants to change that, letting shoppers customise style and dimensions before visualising a piece of furniture at home using AR. Can this approach get armchairs rocking?

  • Article image Hivehaus: building your own micro-home

    Getting a foot on the property ladder can be one of the most daunting tasks facing young adults today. With the price-to-space ratio becoming increasingly distorted, we often find ourselves paying eye-watering prices for a shoebox. Is there a solution? Hivehaus might just offer a way out.

  • Article image Why are more women choosing to be childfree?

    Want to be part of an evolved and envied elite that’s highly educated, successful, prosperous and enjoying great sex? Simple – don’t have kids. Birth rates amongst 20-something Americans are at their lowest ever and the ‘childfree by choice’ demographic is wealthier, healthier and happier. But why?

  • Article image How the kitchen became a status symbol

    Changes in tech, family roles and tastes have seen kitchens evolve from utilitarian rooms meant for domestic labour to open plan spaces featuring chef-grade equipment and movable workstations. But why are more are more people opting for these high-end, high-priced status kitchens?

  • Article image One Santa Fe: building a neighbourhood in an apartment block

    One Santa Fe is an LA-based apartment block of dense housing, but instead of building up, homes are spread across a site that’s a quarter of a mile long. With 25% of Americans not even knowing their neighbours' names, can a 'horizontal skyscraper’ recreate the social bonds of a close-knit community?

  • Article image Laurel & Wolf: designing Gen Y's dream home

    Interior design has an exclusive ring to it. It conjures up images of high-end designers sourcing the priciest of homeware products. Laurel & Wolf intends to change that perception with crowdsourced, collaborative and affordable designers. But could it really make interior design available to everyone?

  • Article image Will DIY inspire a new generation?

    While the past decade has seen the rise of maker culture - from crafting to hacking - DIY retailers seem to have been left out. And yet, despite a shaky housing market, the desire to improve one’s home has never been stronger. So what’s behind this mismatch, and how can brands transform into buzzing hives for a new generation of DIYers?