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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 female marketplace for DIY has grown rapidly in recent years with retailers increasingly tailoring their product offerings to women. Now Karwei, one of the Netherlands’ largest DIY chains, has launched ‘Ziezo’, which claims to be the first DIY magazine aimed solely at women.
Anyone for green curtains? These new, energy efficient curtains sport a razor-thin layer of alluminium or steel on the back. This not only protects against too much light, but also acts as an insulator to retain heat in winter and let it out during summer.