What kind of trends will we see popping up over the next few months and how will they influence our way of living?
Smaller but smarter
There is no doubt in the future we will all be living together in smaller spaces. On locations we can reach using public transportation. Urbanization is a theme that is getting more and more political support thanks to the work of Flemish master architect Leo Van Broeck. But a smaller way of living doesn’t have to be a less luxurious one. A beautiful example is the Het Kanaal project by Axel Vervoordt, consisting of luxurious apartment blocks in the outskirts of Antwerp. The major asset of that project is not a huge amount of square meters for every individual, but a collection of joint services that Het Kanaal offers: a good bakery, a concierge service, dry cleaning, childcare, a doctor, a pharmacy and some wellness facilities. In short: the smaller we live, the more we will grow to appreciate good service.
Smaller living circumstances will obviously affect our furniture too. Modularity becomes indispensable. Indera has long been aware of this trend and invariably offers its sofas in different modules: both for the spacious mansion as for the smaller city apartment. A San Francisco start-up pushes the limits a bit more. At Bumblebee Spaces, the bed and its bedside tables are pulled up in the morning through a pulley system so that there is room to watch TV from the sofa.