For New York City residents moving to Palm Beach, for example, many have taken to artfully retrofitting contemporary design in traditional Palm Beach-style homes, in compliance with the city’s architectural regulations. “Palm Beach used to be very formal, and I think that’s changing a lot,” says Andrew Sheinman, President of renowned interior design firm Pembrooke & Ives. “Now, certainly, there's an influx of much younger people in Palm Beach, and with that has come a much more relaxed atmosphere, which is reflected in the design.”
Additionally, Covid-19 revealed a trend towards transitional spaces. “The spaces that people love to occupy are not necessarily indoors and not necessarily up to full sun,” says celebrated landscape architect Edmund Hollander. “People like being outdoors, where youʼre in a covered space, but open to the fragrance of the garden, where you can hear the birds, you can smell the flowers, yet you’re not being attacked by mosquitos.” The work his firm, Hollander Design Landscape Architects, has prioritized, with both contemporary and traditional architecture, has been responding to demand for such spaces.
Transitional spaces also allow for the home to evolve through a lens of “safety and comfort” says Kikoski, allowing it to shift away from a place of statement to one where “you are inspiring your visitors with a place of comfort, health, and wellness.”