There’s been a lot of discussion lately about the ‘new normal’. While no one can say for certain what the future will bring, we do believe that recent events have forced a shift in perspective. It’s inevitable that when the activities we took for granted – a day at the office, a meal at a restaurant, a hotel stay, a hospital visit – have radically changed, there is a heightened sense of caution. We’re looking at the spaces and materials around us differently. Yes, they should be clean and hygienic and fulfill their function, and they should also still satisfy our human desire for comfort and support our wellbeing. In the end, we will still seek out beautiful, atmospheric interiors that celebrate tactility and colour. ‘Sterile’ doesn’t have to mean ‘clinical’.