Our friends over at PSFK took their self-published "Future of..." trend report series to whole new level this month with a physical exhibition showcasing over 60 products, ideas and services from their latest research into "The Future Of Home Living." Located in the 5,000 sq. ft. future retail space of Stonehenge's latest building development, 101 at 101 West 15th Street, the exhibition not only addresses the changing needs of the modern-day New Yorker but also the global shift towards urban living and managing smaller spaces.
To examine our trends through a macro lens, we've organized them into three larger themes: Adaptive, On-Demand and Equilibrium, which point to the importance of a clean, efficient and responsive space that can flexibly conform to the ever-changing needs of its residents. This overarching framework is meant to inspire anyone to reshape their life at home, regardless of whether they live in a studio apartment inside a high rise, a split-level home in the suburbs or a remote cabin in the woods.
Anyone familiar with the Life Edited project will be aware of many of the concepts put forward, but one thing that resonated with us was the subscription-based services for: coffee, cocktails, exact ingredients for healthy homecooked meals, and a library for periodically rotating your wall art. The on-demand services are not only practical but offer a form of entertainment for the dweller, improving the quality of their life at home.
Kitchen and living room section.
AT-UM Table for Lenovo's Horizon Tablet PC by UM Project.
Home Aquaponics Kit by designers Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez.
Little Printer from London-based design studio BERG, the device prints out personalized, receipt-sized paper strips with news, puzzles, social network updates and information from apps.
A selection of wall mounted products requiring minimal space to store.
Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, designed the ThinBike with German bike manufacturer Schindelhauer Bikes.
Fusillo is a modular wall shelf handmade in Italy and designed by andViceVersa.
PSFK showcase apartment, 101 at 101 West 15th Street.
In addition to the ground floor exhibition, PSFK fitted out one of the showroom apartments creating a real-world experience of their vision for the future of urban dwelling. This would be considered a decent-sized one bedroom flat for a New Yorker, and PSFK optimized the space effectively with an expanding dining table, modular couch system and a wall-mounted workstation. It was great to see how everything from the exhibition seamlessly integrated into the context of an actual home—PSFK founder Piers Fawkes stressed that they sought out affordable products and furniture to present as an attainable concept.
Ulisse desk bed by ResourceFurniture, Home Garden, Click and Grow 'smartpot' that grows plants and vegetables, Camille Desk by Vurv Design, and ZIG modular furniture by Cezign.
One of the main space saving features (pictured top) is a classic murphy wall bed with a built-in desk that collapses under the bed with enough clearance to leave all your work in place—perfect for those late night side projects!
Cubista Ottoman, a nested stack of seats for five by ResourceFurniture
Infinity Bench by architect Carl Fredrik Svenstedt, inspired by the human skeleton.
Printrbot is a desktop 3D printer that can be assembled in a few hours, and can help you create all those extra things you need for your apartment.
Designer François Chambard demonstrating his AT-UM Table for Lenovo's Horizon Tablet PC
Modular and magnetic vertical wall organization system by designers Beau Oyler and Jared Aller for Urbio.
The full report is available to purchase at PSFK.com/Future-of-Home-Living