Let’s take it to the next level. If we had to change our living habits due to lack of space, what could we absolutely not do without? What would be your personal nomination? Or to turn the question around: What could I easily do without so as not to take up so much space? The trend area at this year’s Heimtextil is drilling down into the topic of ‘The Future Is Urban’. Over half of the world’s population already lives in urban areas. That was a news story from 2008 – so it is now ten years out of date.
If this trend continues, almost all of us will be living in major cities by the end of the 21st century. It is clear, then, that we will need to change our behaviour when it comes to using space. We will need to create combinations of working and living space and design our homes to be flexible. One proposal from the creative visionaries aiming to reduce wastage of space and increase flexibility is to build micro-apartments, which often have an area no bigger than 13 square metres. The furniture and amenities are designed using a modular principle to be scalable and suitable for repeated assembly and dismantling as required, enabling flexible responses to the changes in living and working space. Clever little multi-purpose spaces that can be transformed through simple modifications to enable a different function. So perhaps we had better start thinking now about what we could easily do without!
Heimtextil Theme Park 2018, hall 6.0.