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How To Design For Small Spaces [Future Of Home Living]

PSFK Labs look at how new designs are leveraging instantly collapsable construction to increase space and functionality.

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PSFK Labs on August 11, 2013. @psfk

Life in the 21st century is defined by flux, and it isn’t slowing down. “Most people are far more mobile than they once were. One out of six Americans will move once a year,” says Graham Hill, founder of green design and news website TreeHugger. As a result, the pieces of furniture we purchase will increasingly reflect the ever changing spaces we inhabit.

In a trend from our Future of Home Living report we’re calling Pop-Out Design, PSFK Labs examines how space-saving products and furnishings leverage instantly collapsible construction and integrated storage to reduce their footprints when not in use. When needed, these agile designs can be effortlessly unfolded or pulled out to be deployed throughout the home, accommodating a range of living styles and uses.

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One manifestation of this trend is the Peg kit by Studio Gorm. Peg is a self-assembly kit made up of simple components, which can be assembled in a variety of ways to accommodate a multitude of scenarios. The flexible furniture system includes tables and chairs that can be easily disassembled, using no tools or fasteners. All of the pieces can be hung on a pegboard mounted on the wall, so the room can be made completely bare when needed. The furniture is built from wooden pieces constructed out of Douglas fir, laminated chipboard, upholstery and metal rods.

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Another example is the REK coffee table. It features sliding, modular components that can grow or contract alongside the space requirements of a book collection. First developed and produced by designer Reinier de Jong, the zigzag-shaped parts slide in and out to accommodate books, and the resulting spaces allow for books to be arranged according to their size. When not in use, the shelving unit can be compacted into a solid, rectangular piece which reduces its interior space requirements.

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Pop-out pieces such as the Peg system and the REK coffee table fall under a larger theme we’re calling Adaptive, which examines how customizable solutions for the home are being designed to accommodate a wider range of needs throughout the day and week, bringing greater functionality and flexibility to urban lifestyles.

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PSFK has announced the latest in a series of trend reports. Following studies into retailsocial mediagamingwork and mobile, the PSFK Labs consulting team have generated the Future of Home Living report. That report manifests as a free summary presentation, an in-depth downloadable PDF and an exhibition in New York City that runs to August 16.

RSVP below to take a tour of the exhibition at 101W15th.

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