Tranquili

Silence is becoming increasingly rare. Scientific research shows that our environment is becoming louder and louder and that this is a direct consequence of increasing urbanisation and the densification of cities. As a result, noise pollution is getting worse.

That is bad news. More and more research shows that noise pollution is a serious source of stress and can cause both mental and physical damage. This is something we have always underestimated until now. People need silence. A Duke University study proves that two hours of silence per day have a positive influence on cell growth in the hippocampus (the part of our brain that can shrink due to dementia and depression). So it turns out that silence really is healthy.

What is the consequence of these insights? Acoustic comfort will become increasingly important when it comes to interior design. Since most houses are now built as volumes with many smooth surfaces and an open plan, this will not be an easy task.

We will look for places that are pleasantly quiet and where we can isolate ourselves. In design, we will see a new 'chalet style' emerge that will reinterpret the classic, wooden interiors. After a few seasons of interiors dominated by stone, glass and concrete, we will now witness the comeback of wooden interiors. Thanks to the light, the warm tones and the natural materials, these interiors breathe tranquillity. The colours are rather muted but remain warm and are inspired by wood, plants and the outdoors.

 

    

 

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