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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?
Asda have started a trial in their supermarkets, dispensing own brand fabric conditioner from a vending machine, which pumps the liquid from a large vat in the stockroom directly into a pouch. Customers are then encouraged to return and refill their empty pouches. The project will not only cut down the supermarket’s packaging cost, but also pass on a reduced cost to the customer. It costs £1.90 for the first pouch, and £1.50 for any refills. This compares with plastic bottles, which cost £2 for the same size.
Electree is a modern sculpture imitating a bonsai where the leaves are small photovoltaic panels. Using interior lighting as its only source of energy, it can recharge all of your mobile devices.
The sculpture comes with a number of ‘branches’ that you can assemble to make your unique tree and reshape to obtain maximum lighting on the cells.