We already touched the subject briefly: overpopulation will eventually lead to smaller living-spaces. In megacities as Tokyo, Jakarta and Seoul this is already day-to-day reality, but there are definitely possibilities for improvement interior-wise. Micro-apartments tricked out with scaled-down, adaptable furniture and decor could make urban living more compatible with the way people live now, and help cities to absorb more people in the future. Luckily, furniture companies are slowly making a mental shift, and thinking smaller instead of bigger. Duravit for instance, has developed a few products that ensure optimum use of the available space. The X-Large console fits perfectly into a niche and has a very lightweight appearance, whereas the space-saving duo of the Vero hand rinse basin and toilet are particularly suitable for very cramped conditions.
Less space for more people might be one of the reasons why you’d move in with other people, but there are more arguments why people are massively starting to co-house. For one, it’s cheaper. A blooming city life is often crazy expensive (a latte here, a museum ticket there…) and we all rather spend it on experiences instead of real-estate or a ceiling-high rent. Secondly, there’s a rise of one-person households happening. Dating apps as Tinder and Happn might make you believe otherwise, but it’s hard to get steady in 2017. By co-housing, there’s less chance to feel lonely. But co-housing does come with a few challenges, though, and lack of privacy is one of them. Moome’s Frames rack and Pi cabinet offer a stylish alternative to use as room divider, and hide your roomies’ clutter from the guests that are coming to your dinner party.
As consumers grow wary of the environmental and social mark they are leaving on the world, so the interest in sustainable design increases. Sustainable design has become a buzzword across a range of industries. From landscaping to beauty, the future for eco-friendly looks bright. For interiors where it used to have connotations of shabby chic; today eco-friendly design is entirely on trend. Upcycling furniture, buying local and actively seeking energy-efficient materials are becoming increasingly common. Interiors with a conscience are most definitely cool, which is why Fermetti is totally up our alley!
As the immediate result of flexible working arrangements and hours, we regularly work at home nowadays. Combine this with less space for more people – our world population increases with over 228,000 people every 24 hours – and it’s very likely your home office will probably have a central place in your house and serve many purposes soon. Moome created a home office with only two legs so it doesn’t take up too much place, and made it as timeless as possible so it’s easy to use as a vanity table or as the spot where your kids to their homework. Atelier Belge has also jumped on the ‘flex-working’ bandwagon: their Loopholes unit has such minimal design it’s fit for whatever job you’re doing, whether that’s sewing baby rompers or analyzing data. The different setups are unlimited and the constant stream of new applications encourage you to completely customize that grid according to the work you’re currently tackling.