Renee Hytry Derrington’s ‘Blurred Spaces” — and what they mean for the future of design

The definition of home is changing.

Humans are blurring the time between work, home, and place — and as a result, we’re seeing a lot of what the industry calls “resimercial” — the trend of residential aesthetics in the commercial marketplace. 

This blending is the new norm for bridging public and private life, and Renee Hytry Derrington is seeing this sea change in the industry through her role at Formica Group. Derrington currently leads the Formica international design team, which represents Asia, Europe, India, and North America. In her role, Derrington creates corporate trend forecasts, and with her team, designs products that solve industry challenges. 

In an age of telecommuting and coworking — in addition to new ways of entertaining and enjoying community, Derrington says that interior spaces will need to be retooled to deliver more function and more amenities for multiple purposes.

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“As society changes, new ideas and solutions are becoming evident that will change future learning environments,”Derrington says, “Nature, humanity, and technology are blurring into new possibilities, with technology innovations key to driving how these new spaces will work in the future.”

Including her work with the Formica Group, Derrington has been in the international design industry for over 35 years, and has spent 30 of those years designing products for the world’s largest hard surfacing brands. She worked for Kohler Co. in product design, and has also collaborated with countless design experts in the field, including a partnership with Abbott Miller, Jonathan Adler, and Laurinda Spear to create unique laminate collections. She’s also worked with Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, and Massimo Viginelli on bespoke furniture collections. Recently, Derrington developed the award-winning Reclaimed Denim Fiber and Paper Terrazzo designs, which incorporate waste from blue jeans and Formica Group’s own paper to produce laminates with a new purpose. 

New Public “Home” Spaces of Offices, Hospitality Businesses, and Personal Environments

Derrington’s presentation, “Blurred Spaces: A Vision of Future Living”, will focus on what will happen in these new public “home” spaces of offices, hospitality businesses, and personal environments. Her talk takes place at mDesign Live, a two-day materials and design event happening in Grand Rapids, Michigan October 28 and 29. Patterned after materials events in Europe, mDesign Live brings together fabricators and both architectural and commercial interior design specialists. Manufacturers and distributors of components, panels, hardware, and design software will mix with designers, architects, and fabricators throughout the two-day event. 


Registration is now open for mDesign Live. For more information or to register (registration is free for qualified registrants), visit https://mdesignlive.com/. Room blocks at preferred rates have been reserved for mDesign Live attendees and exhibitors. To reserve exhibition space, contact Ryan Wagner at Bedford Falls Communications (ryan@bedfordfallsmedia.com) or Bill Esler at IWF (billesler@iwfatlanta.com). For the latest mDesign Live news, including announcement of speakers, exhibitors, and more, follow mDesign Live on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

As society changes, new ideas and solutions are becoming evident that will change future learning environments,”Derrington says, “Nature, humanity, and technology are blurring into new possibilities, with technology innovations key to driving how these new spaces will work in the future.
— Derrington
Melissa Ripp