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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?
American homeowners are increasingly sectioning off parts of their larger garages to use as a mudroom (utility room ). In fact, The American Institute of Architects found that adding mudrooms is ranked third (following home offices and games rooms) on the list of what’s important in newly constructed homes. They’re even more desirable than a media room or home theatre. Mudroom designs now feature things like built-in shoe cubbies and hooks for backpacks - aimed at helping kids get out the door faster. Features like a bar-height table for sorting mail help parents get organised before they get in the door, and power strips give phones a place to charge that you can grab on your way out of the door.
Jacques Briochin have re-launched their iconic black soap – a product that hasn’t been available on shelf for over 50 years. Three teaspoons of the soap are equal to five litres of traditional cleaning detergent and can be used to clean everything from floors to ceilings. A limited batch of just 10,000 have been produced.