How Effective Storage Changed with New Technology

善用科技提升收納效果

Squarefoot - - CONTENTS - Rodrigo Buelvas Romero SCAD Hong Kong Interior Design Professor薩凡納藝術設計大學(香港)室內設計教授

善用科技提升收納效果

Technology forms an integral part of modern everyday life. Designers and manufacturers are constantly exploring new ways in which technology can be seamlessly integrated into our fast-paced way of living and working. For functional spaces in the workplace and home, interior designers have looked beyond multi-purpose or convertible furniture and have started to produce smart yet simple solutions, otherwise known as tech-furniture products, to help make our lives more efficient.

The way we work today is ever-changing with more people operating remotely from a variety of spaces. One remarkable furniture solution that integrates technology with a slick modern design for functional meeting spaces is MESA by Halcon. Its well-crafted design with a concealable cable management system allows users to connect hardwire or AC plug-in power and data through a drawer, maximising work surfaces and avoiding clunky cables on top of the table.

Tech has certainly impacted the way we utilise small spaces more effectively at home. ORI systems have been released into the market, combining innovation and robotics with typical plywood furniture construction, creating environments that feel significantly larger. Ori—derived from the Japanese term origami, the art of folding paper to create beautiful objects—provides an all-in-one dresser, storage, desk and bed system that can work to your needs. ORI is an advanced solution to the growing trend of micro-living.

One such manufacturer that has been very progressive in the field of innovative furniture solutions is IKEA. Similar furniture manufacturers are researching how tech can be adapted to incorporate smartphone and tablet charging stations throughout the home, such as wireless charging bedside tables and lamps. We can expect to see a constant flow of induction technology as industrial designers work to create the ‘kitchen of the future'. Focused on human behaviour, IKEA has developed a kitchen concept in collaboration with IDEO that facilitates mindful cooking, guiding people to make smart choices while they cook. The kitchen table concept saves energy by having induction-cooling and heating fused into the surface, allowing the use of a multipurpose area for food preservation, working, cooking and eating.

As technology evolves, products surrounding us are more interconnected in a network that can respond to our everyday needs or commands. IOT, the Internet of Things, is the idea of being able to connect any device with an on/off switch to the Internet, such as lamps, cellphones, washing machines, and coffee makers. IOT allows users to be fully immersed with intelligently designed products that increase technological connectivity, and can improve our lifestyle and better our productivity. For example, when your alarm clock rings at 6 a.m., it would then notify your coffee maker to start brewing your coffee. IOT can ultimately help with the design of furniture solutions by analysing data in real time, transforming our lives as we know it, offering very smart design solutions to modern living.

科技是日常生活中不可或缺的一部分。為配合現代社會的急速步伐,設計師和生產商不斷研發新方案,務求將科技融合於工作和生活之中。想要善用家居和工作間的儲物空間,室內設計師不再只局限於多功能或可轉換的傢俱之上,更開始生產簡潔的智慧型傢俱,務求結合科技成就便利生活。

現代社會瞬息萬變,加上工作模式轉換,工作空間不再局限於辦公室。Halcon出產的MESA就是其中一個結合科技的代表。這個專為多功能會議而生的現代設計,提供巧妙的收納設計,讓用家能夠於抽屜系統中連接電源、數據和硬件,不再讓笨重的電線妨礙工作,也令桌面變得更整潔。

科技同時幫助我們善用狹小的家居空間。ORI系列結合創新和機械科技,這個由夾板組成的傢俱組合設計不但節省位置,更增強室內空間感。ORI取名至日本摺紙「Origami」的首三個單字,寓意將這門傳統摺紙藝術轉移至漂亮組合傢俱之中,將衣櫥、儲物、書桌和睡床組合為一,切合用家的不同需要。ORI這個集合設計與科技一身的方案,勢必成為現代「蝸居」的發展趨勢。

而當談及研發創新傢俱,相信大家都會想起表現平穩的Ikea。與ikea同類型的傢俱製造商一直研究如何將智能電話和平板電腦的充電站放置在家居每一個角落,例如應用在桌上或電燈旁的無線充電器。我們亦可期待這創新概念延伸至廚房——工程師利用電磁感應技術,創造「未來廚房」。因應用家習慣,Ikea和IDEO聯手打造指導用家煮食的「概念廚房」,協助用家於烹飪過程中作出精明選擇。當中的「概念餐桌」不僅透過冷卻導體來節省能源,還以導入桌面的熱能為食物保溫、烹煮和製作料理,務求令用家得到最佳的烹飪體驗。

隨著科技進步,圍繞日常的產品已經和網絡互相連結,讓我們更有效管理和回應生活所需。Iot(「internet Of Things」)令我們進一步與智慧型產品融合,提升生活品質和生產力。IOT讓用家能夠透過連接網路的開關按鈕,控制如電燈、手機、洗衣機和咖啡機等家用電器。大家試想像每天早上六點鬧鐘響起時,智能系統已為你遙控開啟咖啡機,沖泡早晨第一杯咖啡。IOT更會透過實時數據分析,轉化我們所認知的日常生活並結合科技提供智慧型設計方案。

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