Design quote from Artek

Fast Company posted an interview with some of the heads of  Artek. The crux of the interview was about how the company finally is making a personal presence in the USA instead of through distributors. There is a second stream of questions posing the thought that Finnish design is somehow related to Japanese work…

I think the critical and cruical portion of the interview was this very choice quote:

“Well, consider what people do when they go home and open a laptop and look at Facebook. Meanwhile, offices and cellphones and privacy have all changed office spaces in the last 10 years. That changes things like soundproofing and table sizes. But there could be new products that come out of those insights.”

This quote gets me thinking in a lot of directions. I think it speaks to what the future will hold and how the furnishing industry is going to change to keep relevant. Most importantly, it speaks to density of population and the inherent changes that’s going to drive. Personal space is going to become smaller and ultimately much more valuable. We’re probably going to see products that will work to carve out this space from more intensive media saturation and perhaps more to the point, noise in general.

The other point worth chewing on was the notion of the change in computing and our usage. It begs the question as to whether the laptop is now our primary source of entertainment. If so, then what does a living room look like when the television is not the primary focus? Will seating have to change more to use the laptop over the TV? If laptops are primary and so is web/social media, then this should also push for a change in the dynamics of the living room where entertainment becomes less of a group sport and more of a personal – perhaps private – endeavor.

I could blather on, but that’s for another day. Anyway, great piece with some interesting thoughts but I wish it were longer and a bit more in-depth. Being that they were at the show, I’m sure that would be possible.

La Pilc Light

As I had mentioned in an earlier post, the future of lighting will really go beyond what we consider lighting today. This lighting system by Nathalie Dewez is in that vein. The light gives a freedom and an expression that’s unavailable with current offerings – the light makes these possible through its simplicity and it’s flexiblity.

The Future of Lighting

When a lot of people think about what to make next in terms of lighting, I think a lot fall into the trap of styling a different look for a lamp, yet it would still be a reading lamp or some sort of floor lamp. I have to say that I fall into that camp as well, but the trending today certainly doesn’t indicate that is the future.

Projects like this are where lighting will go. Lighting will become certainly interactive or at the very least temporally andsituationally reactive. The world will probably see more lighting that’s configurable to spaces, rather than standardized sizes.

Lighting has the capability to enhance moods of rooms far more than clever casings and tinted shades can do. The intersection with electronics will push the field to become more flexible and organic.

Bufa Chair

In the near future, I hope that the greening trend sets it’s sights more on furniture – especially on the upholstered versions. When this happens, there’ll probably be a scramble to locate a technology that will supplant high density foam, which is the backbone of nearly everything that’s padded.  While there will be solutions that will find other materials to stuff into cushions, there exists another solution, and that is what you see with the Bufa Chair.

MOWOstudio is presenting a structural form implemented through three dimensional patterns in the fabric. Special note should be taken with the folding occurring at the point where the seat back and the seat proper meet. This section, while showing off visual interest, provides an interesting tactile experience. I would have liked to ask the creators as to what the thinking was in regards to the reasoning for placing the ribs on the inside of the chair rather than on the bottom…

I think there’s a lot of mileage in this solution and this chair only scratches the surface. With even more clever iterations I think it’s possible to create cushions which use purely shapes for support and give rather than a stuffing, and to great efficiency.