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Just the one room and that’s it?

As a result of new technologies, is all that we shall need in our homes in tomorrow’s world just the one table? The digitalisation of everyday objects allows us to get away with fewer and fewer material objects. Moreover, the projector, which can display anything and everything, is no longer a thing of the distant future. Life is becoming simpler as a result – but what of your life as an architect?

For a considerable time now, there has been a dominant trend for minimalism: fewer possessions, a simpler lifestyle and less consumption. Nor do these developments stop at the planning of living space; new ideas for homes, such as ‘container houses’ have taken root.

Less space to live in means, at the same time, fewer possessions.

Using the new technology of AR, one piece of equipment can replace countless other everyday objects in the home. As a result, less space is needed and interior design is restricted to the basic necessities. A projector, which replaces bookshelves, whole cupboards in the sitting room, technical equipment etc., enables people to live in even smaller spaces. What does this trend mean for you as an architect? Will all that is left for you to do, in future, be to plan spaces with, for instance, little more than the one table?

Extended reality requires less space and a new way of thinking in architecture.

Gadgets like the Android projector ‘Sony Xperia Touch’, which uses infrared technology to project onto any and every plain surface and can be used like a touch screen, makes many everyday objects obsolete at a stroke.


The amateur cook can project his or her new recipe directly onto the work surface, without having to turn the pages with flour-covered fingers. Children can project their favourite games on the floor and, in future, notices in the office will be beamed onto the wall via an interactive information board – if the projector is off, it switches on automatically when a member of staff approaches it. All that is needed is a table, a wall – or even just the floor. Does it follow from this that we also need less space to live in and is a simple container, that can be designed and furnished by the layman using AR, enough?

Architects must prepare themselves so that they, too, have a role to play in future.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the next Heimtextil trade fair in Frankfurt am Main from 9 to 12 January 2018, where the Finest Interior Award will pose the question for us: “What’s real?”

PS: Have you submitted an entry yet for the Finest Interior Award Contract? The period for submissions for up to three projects has been extended until 29 September 2017!

Photo: Sony Mobile Communications Inc.



FINEST INTERIOR AWARDThe FINEST INTERIOR AWARD was created to honour the work of architects, interior architects and interior decorators and take account of the growing demand for individual and professional contract furnishing. The communicative focal point of this year’s FINEST INTERIOR AWARD is the digitalisation of reality. What impact are virtual reality and augmented reality having on architecture, interior architecture and interior decoration? What changes do they imply for the job descriptions of these professions? And what benefits are they likely to have for consumers? The FINEST INTEROR AWARD will tackle these and other interesting questions in its guest commentaries under the motto ‘What’s real?’.
The award will be presented on the eve of Heimtextil in Frankfurt. During the fair, there will be an information featuring the winners in the foyer of Hall 4.0.


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