Technology is now central to most of our lives, and so it should come as no surprise that it is increasingly being incorporated into the designs of home furniture and accessories. The result is a plethora of products that combine solutions to functional issues with consideration of the aesthetics of your home. Need an example? Take the Samsung Serif Television, which was unveiled at the London Design Festival and proudly messes up the defining line between what is technology and what is furniture. A creation from Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, it features a distinctive frame forming an I shape and can sit on detachable legs or be placed on other objects for display. You can also use it to store your books on – if you ever plan to read again. Another example of the current fashion for furniture-technology combos is the Fonesalesman FurniQi. The table itself is stylishly constructed from Mao Zhu bamboo and is pleasantly eco-friendly, but its appeal extends much further. In brief, it is a convenient charging table that offers the ideal solution to the cable and plug clutter hindering the aesthetic appeal of many a modern-day home. It is far from the only high-tech table on the market, however. As well as the much-hyped touchscreen coffee table, there are plenty of less ostentatious choices, such as the Nomad Side Table by Spell .
Ikea, meanwhile, has already hit the headlines this year for its wireless charging drive, and the firm also wants to help out in more than just ‘modern’ homes. The company and its partners are firmly looking to the future of interior, and in particular kitchen, design. Its Concept Kitchen 2025 was designed as a vision looking at how home technology could, and may well be, used to help with food preparation in years to come. The company’s smart table can be used for a multitude of culinary tasks, ranging from measuring out portions to actually heating up food. The table has a camera which it can use to project recipe graphics according to the ingredients placed on its surface, and the whole set-up is supposedly in tune with the timetable of the chef. The Concept Kitchen 2025 was on display between April and September in Milan and was the result of a collaboration between Ikea, IDEO and industrial design students from Lund University’s Ingvar Kamprad Design Centre, along with input from Eindhoven University of Technology’s Industrial Design Department. The vision – and subsequent kitchen creation – was based on an idea that by 2025 we will all benefit from almost immediate food delivery thanks to the use of drones and autonomous vehicles, leading to everyone, potentially, shopping more and storing less. It also has a heavy focus on boosting energy-efficiency and increasing the visibility of food, which may be forgotten and allowed to go to waste in traditional fridges and store cupboards. It would certainly help some of us to eat more healthily if there were no ‘back of the fridge’ to hide the half-eaten chocolate bars in.