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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?
Entertaining in the home has seen a major resurgence throughout the recession, replacing private parties at bars, clubs, and restaurants. Now, as the economy starts to recover, hosts are keeping parties in the home and bringing in bartenders via a number of bartender-for-hire services.
‘Laboratory of (handmade) dreams’ has opened its third shop in Moscow, selling handmade crafts for the home which are dedicated to sleeping – from a collection of pillows and angels to “z-gates” that protect sweet dreams.