When looking into what may soon furnish our homes, concept furniture offers innovative solutions to common problems, and others you weren’t even aware of. Within the trends of the past year, new ideas for furniture largely look to integrate customizable or space saving designs while also utilizing new technologies to make furniture that was previously largely impossible.
Exocet chair, the first piece created by Stéphane Leathead, designer and creative director of Designarium utilizes a wood design that rotates around a single axis to create a variety of seating positions and looks. Easily interchangeable between a bed, bench and other positions, this chair is adjustable to best suit the individuals needs, or create a unique seating area that can fit into a variety of spaces.
Out of a desire for customization and functionality, modular furniture design has taken hold to provide simple yet easily personalized solutions. Modos is a tool free modular system that allows one to create a variety of storage and desk options with their different sets. Based on a simple system of joints and wood surfaces, the individual can create their own furniture, while maintaining the ability to easily add on or breakdown different pieces.
Residing between the realms of modular and space saving furniture is the Sofista by Fabrizio Simonetti. The sofa features two tucked away chaise lounges that can be used individually, or as a bed when not serving as a cozy armrest for the sofa. With more people living in urban environments where space is limited, the popularity of such furniture has risen dramatically over the course of the past year.
Within space saving concept furniture includes all number of pieces that can slide, stack and fit together in innovative ways to make the most out of limited square footage. However, on the simpler side are well manufactured objects with multiple purposes like the Tandem by Geoffrey Graven. Functioning as an end table, stool and storage area, replacing typical living room side tables with this piece allows for additional seating, storage and a flexible work station.
3d printed and laser cut furniture
With the advancements of new technology comes a variety of innovation. Laser cutting and 3d printing are tools that have been utilized by designers for some years, however a reduction in cost and an increase in availability has made these tools play a more prevalent role in design.
Working with the way light interacts with his furniture pieces, the series titled “Riddled” combines the efforts of Horm and designer Steven Holl to create this intriguing look. Utilizing the ability of lasers to make extremely complex and precise cuts in a vareity of materials, the series provides a beautiful example of one of the many ways this technology can be applied to the furniture design industry.
Exhibited during Dutch Design Week 2014, the lighting company V3RS showcased many of their new 3d printed lighting designs at their Eindhoven studio. The wide array of potential and new designs made available by 3d printing has a host of companies experimenting and producing products that would have previously been impossible to produce.