The future of space saving furniture

09/04/13

By Lucy Olivia Grace

It’s quite amazing how little we recognise the use of design all around us. It’s as though it goes unnoticed whilst existing right beneath our noses: from magazine articles,TV adverts, shop fronts and food packaging; to our clothes, kitchen utensils, tooth brushes and mobile phones.

The term ‘design’, after all, is so broad that I suppose we take its many purposes for granted – and I think we forget that everything we see, consume or use, has been meticulously designed to provide us with everything that we need from that specific product (and more). Desirable and stylish aesthetics, functionality and efficiency, ease and simplicity, are just a few of the properties that things need and are designed to have. The processes that designs go through, before the manufacture, involve many specialised and talented people – but these individuals are lost in the process, never thought about by us, the consumers.

Design is a very powerful tool in any company or industry. Everything progresses, in time, and products become more and more practical for the targeted type of consumer – look at mobile phones again, for example. Old designs become obsolete, whilst the new and innovative take the lead- and then still they give over the throne to future generations. Constant progression, like time itself. Multi-functioning products are more popular; saving time, space and effort; creating a more practical product and, at the end of the day, that’s all we want.

Practicality in design is what brought me to write this blog – I watched a video on the Internet about multi-functioning interiors and my mind was blown by the complexity of the designs as well as the simplicity of the concept – not to mention the intelligence behind it! Allowing rooms to literally pop out of the walls, transforming your office into a living room and your bedroom into a studio as and when you need it to – a two bedroom house can become so much more, and you can swap and change it in minutes!

Watching the clip has made me think about how important practical design is – and I do wonder why it isn’t utilised in new builds, especially with all of these new housing estates popping up by the hundreds. After all, everyone wants more space, more rooms, and generally more for their money!

I’m now in love with these American-born ideas, and when the day finally comes that I can buy my first family home, I am inspired to utilise whatever space I have in a similar way – watching the video, it makes me realise that it would be stupid not to!

Check out this video on YouTube: