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Piers Fawkes: 4 Big Ideas For Your Home Of The Future

PSFK founder describes scenarios that will play out based on the trends in the Future of Home Living report.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
Piers Fawkes, PSFK on July 28, 2013. @piers_fawkes

My team at PSFK Labs has just released their latest trends study called the Future of Home Living report. The report showcases new products, services and technologies, exploring the trends and influences which will shape the future home. Having read the report, it made me realize that the home of the future will be a fluid, interconnected space that will be able to communicate with itself as well as with its inhabitants. It will be a place of equilibrium where the harried city-dweller can find balance, regenerate and maintain a sustainable lifestyle, as well this home will be an adaptive space that grows and changes based on the varying needs of the people who live there. This updated space will be an on-demand machine that provides everything that exists beyond its walls immediately, and thus functions to make the experience of discovery more easy to access for the modern day urban citizen.

The home of the future will look less like some robotic, sci-fi vision replete with hovercrafts and much more similar to what we see now with a few key exceptions. New dwellings will no longer have rooms that act as static zones where only one activity can take place and single items of furniture, appliances and technology will no longer serve a only one purpose. Everything in the home of the future has multiple functions, many configurations and offers a variety of options to the user.

1. A Dream Studio
A bedroom studio will recreate the place we sleep as one where our imagination can run wild. A wealth of new devices have created a ‘Make It At Home’ movement that brings out the DIY skills in everyone, and when using adaptive furniture to hide the bed, people can transform this room into a place to 3D print, cut and build will make use of dead space and offer a place to create.

2. The Built In City
The built-in city will provide all that the bustling metropolis has to offer with services that allow people the opportunity to reap the benefits of urban life while staying firmly within their four walls. On-demand deliveries and flexible staff bring the best bar, restaurant and spa to comfort of the home.

3. A Boxless Set
Traditional screens play a lesser role in the home of the future. These days, we enjoy entertainment in so many different formats and across multiple devices, all while being connected to remote audiences around the world. The TV set no longer needs to dictate the design of a living space in the way it has since the 1950s—in fact, in an entertainment-everywhere world, we might not need a TV at all.

4. The Place For Balance
The home will function as a recharge station and a zone of thoughtful balance and alignment. Even the most savvy urban dweller can get squeezed by the city’s momentum, so our homes will act as a place of personal renewal to help regain a sense of balance. With the right furnishings and appliances, apartment dwellers breathe better, sleep longer, eat healthier and feel great every day.

This report hopes to provide insight into the trends driving the evolution of the home space. PSFK has created a dynamic Future of Home Living Report that lives on the page but also in our exhibition space and demo apartment at 101W15th street. We are aiming to create a more comprehensible report that can provide a concrete vision of what domestic city life will look like in the near future. In this way we hope that this will be PSFK’s most resonant report yet.

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