Whether micro housing or collective living, both trends are well-founded in the steady growth of the urban population, and are very popular.
Since living space in metropolis is becoming increasingly scarcer, smaller and more expensive, classic housing concepts can no longer meet the requirements. The new housing concept of Micro Housing is very popular especially amongst singles and young people. In the age of “digital lifestyle”, they need little storage space, because their treasured files and photos get swallowed up on the cloud anyways. Collective living is also gaining popularity and is viewed as a promising alternative that promotes social contacts and lowers costs.
Minimalist designs in micro housing
Furniture designers should already be thinking about how micro housing can work and how the accommodation can be fashioned in a small space. Gone are the days of large and bulky furniture designs as today we require minimalist design solutions. It is all about small apartments, the so-called micro-apartments, which are understood as compact and adaptable housing units to be designed with a clever layout for optimal usage and should be equipped with space-saving, flexible furniture.
Space-saving and functional interiors for small housing units
The set-up of a small living space needs to be well thought out and should offer maximum comfort despite the space-saving nature. For instance, when you have guests visiting, adaptable furniture designs such as the Blow Sofa are recommended, which can be inflated quickly when needed, and are designed to provide comfortable additional seating. It is made of 100% recycled paper and is held together by a metal frame and rubber bands.
The modular design Cubit is recommended, if you are looking for a fixed sofa. The elements of this purist sofa system with a striking alignment can be rearranged in your room in various ways: be it in a row or as an island for instance, depending on whether you are in mood for retreat or a tête-à-tête. The Cubit sofa is characterised not only by its modularity, but also practicability.
Another nice alternative that also offers a lot of flexibility is the Paq Bed that comes in colourful design. It combines the functions of a reclining sofa and beanbag with a multifunctional spare bed, and is made of water-repellent microfiber fabric. The furniture consists of a mattress, a removable cover and a cylindrical box. The box can be used as a bedside table and also for stowing the sheets during the day. Isn’t it convenient?
Modular furniture systems for collective living and working
It is also about finding solutions for the collective trend, which has an impact on urban architecture and demands modular furniture systems. These days fewer and fewer people live in the classic family structures as couples, single parents or singles. In the era of patchwork families and collective communities, the new communal residential buildings also require a thoroughly innovative approach to volumes, facades, materials and interiors. The public and the private spheres are no longer explicitly distinguished, but are rather interwoven in many new ways. Innovative solutions are required in everyday office life, especially in open-plan offices.
Office routine of the future
The modular furniture systems that can be arranged in many ways and adapted to individual circumstances are the solutions for the office life in future. Customisable furniture designs that are just as suitable for individual work as they are for teamwork are particularly practical.
The versatile upholstered furniture Settle made of high quality materials and fine contours has been designed by Pearson Lloyd. He has designed it to suit communicative or individual work zones as well as for meeting or waiting areas. Be it informal exchange, a meeting or coffee-table gossip: Any form of communication is easily possible here.
The Cumulus lounge system is also flexible in its elegant and functional design. This makes it ideal for working collaboratively on a one or two-seater with swivel table or without as well as for a short break to recharge your batteries. There are three different heights for the backrests, which can be combined in different colours.
If you are interested in the home decor trends of the future, we recommend a suitable exhibition for you to learn more about the architecture of the future.
Together! The new architecture of the community
The exhibition “Together! The new architecture of the community” picks up on this very theme. This exhibition will be on display for public viewing from March 25 to June 30, 2018 at Le Grand-Hornu in Belgium. Examples from Europe, Asia and the USA are shown on the basis of films and models of contemporary housing projects on a scale of 1:1. Historical precursors also illustrate the history of communal architecture. The exhibited examples come from Berlin, Zurich, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Vienna among others. The floor plans and background information convey how the new living can be implemented in the community in future. In addition, an integrated co-working space explains collective living and housing based on five projects.
If you are on the lookout for more practical furniture designs for the new home decor trends of the future, we recommend our category Living & bedroom furniture.
Posted on 14.03.2018