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Bompas & Parr: Design Trends During And After Coronavirus

by Josh Biggs in Business on 5th July 2020

Studio Bompas & Parr shows its design thinking and gives its own forecast of the change in our habits in 2020-2021. London food-design experts have identified 6 trends that will emerge during and after the pandemic. These forecasts include a museum dedicated to touching and disinfection as a total regulation. 

The trend report is called Fluid Landscapes 2020, and it describes primarily the future of creative areas. The trends are divided into two groups: those that can be articulated as obvious, and those that will emerge in the post-Virus era. The first group includes three trends. The second group of three trends shows what changes will appear after self-isolation and the abolition of prohibitive measures.

1. New Normal

Due to the fact that people have to stay at home and thus prevent the virus from spreading, Bompas & Parr offers two new methods to support them. Alternative treatments can be found in the virtual spa, such as the Autonomous Sensor Meridian Response (ASMR), which is used to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health problems. The emergence of such figures as the “online guru” and “sommelier sanitaire” is considered, which will help you navigate the newly discovered world of disinfectants. 

2. Hacking the Home

This is the golden time for any DIY activity. It is expected that adults and children will create a huge number of joint projects: homemade garden benches or an improvised “home” under the kitchen table. “Many have come across the leisure activities of their children. And the situation is quite specific: activity has to be invented for a long time within a limited space. And according to current observations, people have taken up this collective creative test with such creative energy that goes far beyond the four walls, in which all are locked.

3. Isolated Eating

Visiting restaurants and cafes is limited, access to a variety of food has become much more difficult, and people are actively looking for ways to make both the process of cooking and the food itself more interesting and exciting. The Bompas & Parr studio offers two solutions to this problem: a “psychological” tasting menu, where your mood directly affects the taste of the dish, and “recipe cards”, which indicate only the ingredients found in the jars from the shelves of your storerooms. 


1. New Taboos

After a long period of wearing gloves and masks and observing a two-meter distance from other people, it is assumed that people will have difficulty getting used to touching again. The solution could be to create a “Tactile Sensitivity Museum”: there will be many attractions that encourage people to interact with objects and other people. This will require really high-quality graphics. By the way, you can use free mockups (like free iPhone mockup) to get the best results

2. Continued Hygiene

The emergence of an obsession with hygiene and handwashing is already being recorded, which will inevitably lead to increased awareness of microbial flora and fauna. In order to curb emerging phobias, Bompas & Parr offers the creation and study of a “Microscopic microbial menagerie”, in which you will be invited to organize a “race with mold”. 

3. Celebratory Memoirs

The various forms in which all experiences of this period will be recorded will be an important part of the global recovery. “Can the experience of a pandemic be perpetuated in the same way as the great global conflicts of the twentieth century?” – are asking the question of Bompas & Parr. Creative street parties and a memorial to the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the epidemic began, could be possible options for such reflection.

Bompas & Parr, a studio headed by Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, in addition to witty predictions, also proposed a competition: it aims to rethink hand sanitizers (the competition is held in conjunction with Dezeen, London’s Design Museum and Christie’s auction house).

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