Special Report MEET THE EXPERTS Vanessa Northway Malini Karani Associate head of school, associate professor, School of Textiles & Design and senior teaching fellow, Heriot-Watt University Dubai Director of studies for interior design (undergraduate and postgraduate), Heriot-Watt University Dubai Aesthetics Design changes "We expect to see changes in design in commercial spaces, taking into account changes in behaviour. For example, there is already an increased preference for automated doors, so people can avoid having to grasp door handles. "Similarly, customers are now consciously choosing fabrics that can be sanitised efficiently and are less susceptible to damage in the process. In restaurants, you are more likely to find leather upholstered chairs that are easy to wi"pe down, rather than velvet chairs. 33 commercialinteriordesign.com July 2020
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