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Active Furniture, a project by Spanish designers Virginia Pol, Ferran Lajara and Cristina Guardiola, uses counter-intuitive design as an antidote to our increasingly sedentary lives. They require a level of exertion on the user's part to function, like the too-high coat hanger, which has climbing holds imbedded into the wall to reach it.
Why it matters
As our lives become increasingly sedentary, brands are promoting their products beyond purely functional roles to ones that benefit consumer wellbeing. How can other house and home brands start contributing to these bigger roles in consumers’ lives, such as health, mind and mood?
“Kondis app ” by IKEA invites people to pick from a selection of 30 classic Swedish recipes, from small biscuits to large cakes. The app then advises them of a basic exercise to help balance out their indulgence.
Yellow Strom is keeping its customers informed by enabling meters to tweet about energy use. Each smart meter has its own twitter account which is updated with individual household energy usage. Thus, consumers can monitor and adapt their energy use to save money and help the environment.