Research and technology have long been driving forces in the field of interior design. From the development
of energy-efficient appliances and antimicrobial surfaces to advances in the design of both structures
and products that make places welcoming for all, the design field is intrinsically linked to the health and
happiness of people, of spaces of all kinds, and of the world at large.
As we close out the year, this issue of i+D examines where we stand today and where we have the potential
to go. In it, we investigate the business climate developing in response to the current and potential China
tariffs (“The China Syndrome,” p. 26), and we explore the many avenues of interior design and architecture
already benefiting from the abilities of 3D printing, as well as the technology’s potential for use in building
beyond our planet (“Fit to Print,” p. 38). We also dive into the home with features focused on designing
technologically advanced kitchens for all ages (“The Future-Forward Kitchen,” p. 44) and on creating ADA-compliant bathrooms that don’t sacrifice style in any way (“Beauty and Safety for All,” p. 54).
There is a democracy to design illustrated in these topics and others covered in each issue of i+D. When it
comes to advances in the field of design—whether creating new housing options via large-scale printers,
allowing a homeowner to gracefully age in place, and more—the options design provides, and the positive
impact they can have, know no boundaries. The transformative power of design is available to one and all,
be it on our current planet or wherever we may build next.
Randy W. Fiser
CEO, ASID, and
TO THE HOME