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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?
After years of white, minimalist cabinetry, the kitchen is becoming more colourful as leading manufacturers tempt consumers’ palates with brighter colours and wider pattern choices.
A new breed of survivalists are growing their ranks in the U.S. They’re not the camouflage-wearing conspiracy theorists that might come to mind. Instead they’re piling up on things like non-perishable food, first aid, and batteries. These American families are responding to a collapsed economy by stocking up on necessities and making sure they have a plan in case of a natural disaster or pandemic. Some so called “preppers” say they’ve seen their friends and relatives lose their jobs and retirement savings, and they don’t trust that safety net if worse comes to worse.