House & Home (128)
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.
Why it matters
If consumers are truly tiring of the sober minimalist movement and instead craving something mood-lifting, could we begin to see brands in the house and home space looking at more direct ways to lift the human psyche? In the future could products be categorised by what they do for the mind as opposed to what they deliver functionally?
Source: Swedish design and housing magazines
18. November 2009
Startup Sayduck has launched an augmented reality app that allows users to visualise how furniture and home accessories would look in their homes. This idea solves the inherent problem of picturing how a piece of furniture, for instance, would look or fit in its intended environment – next to your existing home decor.
The Dutch energy supplier Nuon has created an online tool: the energy waste check (verspillingscheck). This tool informs consumers how to save energy in their homes and by doing so how to save on their energy bill.