With the combination of electronics and furniture an ever present development in furniture design, furniture is becoming less and less ‘just furniture’.
For example, there are coffee tables with built-in fridges, bed-side tables that charge your phone by simply placing your device on its surface and TVs that rise from the foot of your bed.
This got us thinking about how furniture may look in another 10, 20 or even 50 years’ time as the ‘Internet of Things’ develops. We’ve come up with a few items of furniture we’d like to see become a reality:
The Couch Potato
If you love fries, this one is for you. The couch potato would be a sofa that, at the press of a button, cooks and delivers chips straight to your lap! The chips would cook inside the structure of the sofa and when ready, they would rise up out of the arm rest on a tray which would extend over your lap (salted and with a side of ketchup?).
This sofa would detect when you’ve fallen asleep in front of the telly, dim the lights, turn off the TV, gently cover you with a blanket and recline the seat so that you don’t wake up at 2am freezing cold with a stiff neck!
A Sit Bit
This armchair/cycling machine hybrid ensures you stay fit whilst you sit. Appearance wise, this would look like any normal armchair, complete with big, fluffy cushions. However, pedals would extend from the footrest when required and allow you to get your daily exercise in comfort. You could also wirelessly link the chair to your TV, with your TV becoming a screen to set goals, watch a motivational DVD and set the scene of the bike ride.
(C)hair & Make Up
How would you like to be able to sit in chair, rest your eyes for 20 minutes and have your hair and make-up done for you, every day? With Chair & Make-Up, you could! You’d simply upload a picture to the chair’s system of how you want your hair or make up to look and it would recognise the items and colours used and will begin your hands-free make over. You can store your favourite styles and select them at the touch of a button.
Dine & Shine
A table fit for dining, that will also keep your dishes shining. After finishing your meal you simply flick a switch and this dining table would swallow up all of the dirty dishes. ...