How Effective Storage Changed with New Technology


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


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.





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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