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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?
The Dutch energy supplier Nuon has created an online tool: the energy waste check (verspillingscheck). This tool informs consumers how to save energy in their homes and by doing so how to save on their energy bill.
Panasonic launched its latest solar-powered LED balls at the Tokyo Hotaru Festival. The EVERLED light bulbs were meant to represent fireflies as well as pay homage to the Japanese tradition of floating candles on the water.
The spectacular event lit up the waterway with a sparkling radiance while promoting the brand’s ecofriendly product.