Lots of companies/individuals have come up with ideas for how bespoke joinery is going to blossom in 2023, but we’ve conducted our own research to pinpoint these trends and where they came from.
The National News has stated that bespoke joinery itself will be a 2023 trend. This has always been a fundamental feature in most well-designed spaces, however we are now seeing even more projects considering bespoke joinery services to really elevate an aspect of the build; like reception counters, fitted furniture, bars, coffee and water stations for restaurant areas, etc, all specifically designed to fit the space they’re in.
Bespoke joinery maximises every single square foot of a space, utilising any awkwardly shaped corners or nooks and crannies that will most often be overlooked or ignored. Taking from articles, interior designers, construction companies, and especially the projects nominated for Riba awards in 2022, we’ve got a good idea of what trends will be cropping up in 2023.
Sustainability has been on designers’ minds for a long time, but it’s coming to the forefront of building designs and will continue to become more and more important in 2023. Almost all of the Riba nominations had sustainability as a focal point of their design.
Being energy efficient, using recycled materials, and seriously thinking about the longevity of the buildings was paramount, with one of the nominations being British Land’s first net zero carbon development, and Sands End Arts & Community Centre using bricks containing 60% recycled material.
We expect to see much more adopting the reduce, reuse, recycle attitude in 2023. Upcycling and repurposing antiques and other unique pieces will be coordinated to create an intriguing and energetic feel to homes, as well as using recycled, sustainable materials right from the get-go of a project.
We’ve noticed that trends have started to move away from sharp edges and angular designs towards softer edges and ‘modernist curves’ as they add dimension and character to a space. Bespoke joinery services would bring visual interest by specifically filling an otherwise unused space with curved shapes that help to soften the overall look of a room.
Curves don’t just have to just be incorporated via furniture and lighting fixtures, the overall structure of a building can be curved to give a gorgeous aesthetic – you’re also able to incorporate them into your interior design by painting a curved feature wall or having circular shelving.
The Riba awards nominees had lots of curved structures, including 100 Liverpool Street designed by Hopkins Architects that had these amazing curved surfaces, bringing another dimension to the space.
“The flat facets have been masked by projecting fins, and topped with a shaped steel beam, giving the overall impression of a continuously curved façade.”
In new builds and designs, designated buildings/rooms are being dedicated to a work from home space. According to the Office for National Statistics, in February 2022, 84% of workers who had to work from home because of the Coronavirus pandemic said they planned to carry out a mix of working at home and in their place of work in the future. It seems that working from home is here to stay.
Designers are understanding the WFH needs post pandemic and are starting to incorporate specific working areas into new builds. An important factor is that they need to be separate from home life – being clever in how you utilise the space will be key to uphold a proper work-life balance. We’re seeing a lot more spaces you can hide away in and get your head down.
Factors affecting the trends
Other factors will be affecting the industry in 2023, like timber shortages, prices rising due to world issues such as Ukraine and Russia, the aftermath of Brexit and Covid, along with the cost of living crisis – will these start to affect the way new builds get designed?
The price index of imported sawn or planed wood grew from 188 in 2021 to 214 by June 2022, and is set to keep rising. Material prices could face double-digit hikes next year, the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) has warned, especially on energy-intensive products such as bricks, cement, plasterboard and insulation.
Oak has always been and will continue to be an expensive product, which is why we wrote our blog to explain the best alternatives when solid oak isn’t in your budget.
But product availability, for now, is “good and returning to pre-COVID levels”, with timber prices falling due to the large stock already in the UK and reduced shipping costs. Product availability should also stay strong with demand slowing and set to slow further in 2023.
What are your opinions on these 2023 trends? Have you spotted any of your own? If you have any up and coming ideas that need our bespoke joinery, fitted furniture, or acoustic panelling services, don’t hesitate to get in touch.