Be aware of and live the moment. Reduced to essentials. Relaxation for the eye equals relaxation for the spirit. Design shall, in future, serve not only to create things but also to communicate the spirit of the age and guarantee a smarter lifestyle; it should also contribute to a slowing of the pace of life. Various approaches already exist: strategies for decluttering, which lead to minimalism, or the creation of harmonious home environments, resulting from a concentration on function and purity of form.
Future scenarios in the microcosm of ‘the home’
32-year old Marie Kondo is convinced that reduction creates the space to be able to recognise one’s own wishes and desires, as well as creating enjoyment and pleasure. The ‘The KonMari Method’, named after her, is one of the most popular strategies for keeping things tidy, worldwide. It is the characteristic feature of – and, therefore, represents – a trend, distinguished by its inclination to minimalism, which values simplicity and plainness. The Polish design studio THISISPAPER has made its own contribution to this trend: it re-works experiences of the digital world in physical reality. With their ‘A-PLACE’, they have created an oasis for the travelling public, which distracts from nothing and is an end in itself: “We need a place in Warsaw, where both body and soul can relax,” say Zuzanna Gasior and Alexander Zaharov.” Guided by our love of honest, natural materials such as wood, steel, ceramics and linen, we have created ‘A-PLACE’. Every surface, every object and every colour have been hand-picked in line with our philosophy of design, which creates harmony by concentrating on function and purity of form,” continue the designer duo.
Relaxed dreams in a complex daily life
Nokia Sleep monitors our sleep. Other gadgets can do that too – but this one is not only more unobtrusive, it is also particularly ‘smart’. It is no bigger than a handkerchief and is laid across the mattress, underneath, at chest level. A highly sensitive pressure sensor records three main signals: movement, heart beat and breathing frequency. It can identify sleep cycles from light sleep through deep sleep to REM sleep, waking and even snoring phases, and even the time that one needs to fall asleep and to get up. There is a programme for this called ‘Sleep smarter’ with tips for more healthy sleep; an ideal way of contextualising and optimising individual sleeping habits.
Header photo: A-PLACE by THISISPAPER Studio ©Heimtextil Trend Book