home: trend [ flexible furniture ]
Furniture and homeware design has to keep up with changing needs and demands of everyday living.
Heloisa Righetto, of trend forecasting and analysis service WGSN Lifestyle predicts a move towards furniture that facilitates numerous different activities, and that the furniture will become ‘more fluid and less about novelty’.
Modular units, sofa systems, and customising your functions as you need is growing essential in the home. As lifestyles change and what we need from our living environments develop, our furniture can flex to accommodate those needs. Changes in work, play and leisure can push towards what we demand from our homes.
There has been a surge in integrated charging systems where electronic functions are combined with furniture or home accessories. Integration isn’t just for kitchens; stores including IKEA offer affordable products where wireless charging is designed into everyday products including bedside tables and lamps.
Flexible furniture as a concept is also beneficial to many peoples reduced living space (either by choice or finances) and furniture that can multifunction is both space saving and efficient in costs e.g. a sofa that incorporates seating, storage, room dividing and even the table is a three-in-one or even four-in-one piece. Even with the complex design specifications, and quality in that furniture this will no doubt be cost efficient.
Similar to flexible furniture we can also use the term ‘modular’ when a product or item furniture can be constructed of different components that can regularly flex and change to your needs. A modular sofa can adjust to how many people need seating, how you wish to relax or what direction you wish to face – both being easy to regularly change as well as add to with new modules. IKEA is an affordable leader in this market.
1 Built in side table on sofa
2 Modular sofa from IKEA
3 Flexing between sofa or bed with ample storage underneath
4 SELJE charging side unit £50 IKEA
5 Urban Highsleeper (contemporary model of a firm favourite – the bunkbed with desk and storage) £409 RainbowWood
6 Bunkbed storage combination system
7 Vintage midcentury day bed unit with storage
8 RIGGAD Wireless charging work lamp £49 IKEA