When we think about something related to the future, we generally imagine things to be much more complex and intriguing. The most popular Sci-fi films and novels bear a testament to this fact. But if we take a look at the direction that we are heading in, it is quite the opposite. With technological advancement, things are becoming much simpler. From keypads, we have moved towards touch screens, and from touch screens, we are moving towards voice recognition.
Furniture, though relatively untouched by technology, is quickly following the trend. Modern day furniture designs are making it clear how the furniture from the future would look like. Here are four popular trends that are most likely to shape the furniture of the future.
The chaotic modern lifestyle has solidified the importance of mindfulness and environmental awareness in our lives. Facing the angst of modernism, we all wish for quieter and simpler lives. Our furniture choices are beginning to reflect the same. Simple items like a colored mirror or a coffee table have gained an unprecedented importance in our modern home decor.
In the US alone, around 9.9 million tons of furniture ends up in landfills every year. Changing furniture trends are to be blamed for this. They not only make our old furniture look useless,but also kill their resale value. Minimalism has emerged as a savior in this situation. A slim and sleek table containing only rudimentary style and devoid of any unnecessary extravagance would be contemporary to every era. Such a table exhibits the very essence of tables, and would have a better chance of adjusting in any other time or any other place. Moreover, lesser resources are required in the manufacturing of such tables, which makes them eco-friendly as well.
2. Mass customization
Most of the major cities of the world are facing housing space shortage. This factor is most likely to influence our future furniture choices. Nowadays, people don’t want huge, elegantly designed cupboards that eat up the space of the room and undermine the importance of every other element of home decor. They just want some artistic design sideboards that comfortably sneak into a corner of any room and fit in effortlessly inside the overall scheme of the decor.
In fact, to find out how the furniture would look inside your room, you no longer have to carry it from the shop to your house. You can directly visualize it using Microsoft HoloLens headset. It makes you see a holographic image of the furniture item, which you can shrink, expand, or move by simple hand movements. This technology is sure to stay, and is all set to revolutionize our furniture choices.
3. Multifunctional furniture
Multifunctional furniture is an ever-growing market. It is sure to touch USD 20.01 Billion by 2020. This comes as no surprise. Due to lack of space, we are able to keep only a limited amount of furniture inside our homes. Multifunctional furniture is consciously designed to provide a reliable solution for tackling the shortage of space. The integration of a desk with a bookshelf and a bed with a cupboard has become quite the norm now. In the near future, as we shift from design to utility, we are bound to see many more innovations in this direction.
4. Tech-friendly furniture
Like everything else, technology is also invading our furniture. Nevertheless, it is doing so in a quiet and invisible way. Popular brands like IKEA have developed furniture with wireless charging facilities, which might become a popular trend in the future. However, a visible or more pronounced use of furniture for purely technological purpose isn’t something we would see. The ongoing trends are making it clear that we prefer old simple looking furniture tothe overly modernized ones.
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