The Coronavirus’ Dramatic Effect on Interior Design

It might seem a little presumptuous to compile a “what to look for in 2021 interior design” piece, as 2020 itself is barely half over. But what a half-year it’s been. Spending months in quarantine has already dramatically impacted design, with new trends that will undoubtedly continue to resonate well into 2021 and beyond.

One of the foremost decorative themes that burbled away in the first half of the year and is almost guaranteed to explode in the near future, is the art of bringing the outdoors inside. Nature-starved homeowners have been craving what they’ve been denied of late, so expect to see an increased number of plants and lush indoor gardens, earth-toned color schemes, outdoor-style interior flooring, and even the occasional attached greenhouse.

For the bigger picture, all this additional warmth and texture will also affect furniture choices — not to mention the overall vibe of the home

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Kia Sedona shows off new ‘comfortable and futuristic’ interior

Last month Kia coined a new, fourth-generation minivan and the term “Grand Utility Vehicle” to go with it. Known as the Carnival in its home market of South Korea, and as the Sedona here, Kia’s given us a look at the “comfortable and futuristic” interior we can expect when the model goes on sale. We like the current Sedona, but the imminent upgrade is immediately clear and comprehensive even in photos. The automaker calls the interior design theme “Spatial Talents,” which sounds like a superpower your home mover or the guy at U-haul has, but it refers to the how designers made the most of a slightly larger body and roomier interior. The minivan’s wheelbase grows 1.2 inches, overall length extends by 1.6 inches, 1.2 of that being rear overhang, and width gets an extra pip of 0.4 inches. Depending on market, seating arrangements for seven, nine or 11 people

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National Task Force on COVID-19 approves Angkas’ backpack shield design

After the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) allowed  the resumption of pillion riding or back riding last week, a shield design suggestion from motorcycle taxi mobile phone app Angkas has earned the approval of the National Task Force on COVID-19.

A GMA News report quoted Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana—who is also the National Task Force on COVID-19 chair—announcing the “approval of backpack design” effective immediately.

However, the fact remains that only married couples, live-in partners and common-law couples are allowed to ride pillion as of the moment.

Angkas shield
Angkas shield

Meanwhile, Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca expressed gratitude over the design approval.

Maraming, maraming, maraming salamat po Sec. Lorenzana, Sec. Año, Sec. Galvez, Sec. Dizon, the IATF, and the NTF for the swift action and decisiveness on public transport safety. The responsiveness that you have shown especially during this pandemic is

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I’ve been using Apple’s big new iPhone update for a day. These are the 5 biggest changes I noticed right away.

WWDC 2020
WWDC 2020

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  • Apple’s iOS 14 update is full of new iPhone features that touch almost every aspect of the operating system, from Apple’s apps to the home screen, privacy, and much more.

  • After using the software for a full day, I’ve come across a few new features that have been immediately helpful and noticeable.

  • Among the biggest are the updates Apple has made to the home screen, which make it easier to see information at a glance and parse through my giant library of apps. 

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple’s next major iPhone update won’t officially launch until the fall, but the company made an early version of its iOS 14 software available for free through its beta program on Thursday.

When it launches, iOS 14 will bring a bunch of changes to the iPhone, from the way the home screen looks to upgraded privacy

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