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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 Valdispert brand of natural tranquilizers based on Valerian, has crossed over from traditional pills and inhalers to a new technological platform: electric air fresheners that help the user get a good night’s sleep.
A Chinese architect created a revolutionary house inside his 32 metre squared apartment (where he lives with both parents and two sisters). He created 24 different environments, including a living room, kitchen, bathroom, home cinema, guest room, TV room, service area and library, all with a revolutionary technique incorporating wheels and moveable walls.