The influence of science on design signifies a progressive era for colour and materials. As 3D printing comes of age, the creative spontaneity of digital design will be supported in the physical realm, with a host of new possibilities emerging. We're tracking how this evolves digitally and tangibly, and how machined products are tempered with the human touch.
Products and environments that optimise our senses or trigger new feelings will be influential in 2017. In addition, sustainable futures will become further embedded in the DNA of household brands. With companies such as Ikea and Nike demonstrating that environmental responsibility can be central to the design process without compromising profits, others are sure to follow.