The Future of Home Living experience showcases tomorrow's ideas and innovations in modern urban living. Get inspired with our 75 page report, summary presentation and a 5,000 sq ft exhibition in New York City.
The Future of Home Living experience is an interactive space showcasing tomorrow's ideas and innovations in modern urban living. Presented by the team behind idea-sharing news site PSFK.com, the exhibit—in partnership with Stonehenge—presents over 60 new products, ideas and services impacting the lives of urban dwellers.
Hello Fresh is a food subscription service which delivers pre-measured ingredients of chef-curated meals to its subscribers’ doorsteps every week to make creating tasty, healthy meals at home as effortless as possible. Every week, the site lets subscribers peruse five new recipes created by professional chefs and nutritionists.
Each recipe is designed to take 30 minutes or less to prepare, requires basic kitchen equipment, and comes with step-by-step instructions. Each pre-prepared box also includes all of the ingredients measured out to the exact amounts needed. Hello Fresh also operates a “soft subscription” service, which means users choose how many meals they would like a week and for how many people.
A 3-Meal Box for 2, 4, or 6 people starts at $69 and a 3-Meal Vegetarian Box for 2, 4, or 6 people starts at $59.
LG Waterless Washing...
LG Electronics is developing a washing machine concept that can ‘freshen’ clothes without detergent or water. The company introduced a similar product, called the Styler, at CES. The cabinet-like device uses steam technology to reduce wrinkles and odors on clothing, especially useful for dry-clean only garments.
Although there’s no patent or details available yet, the company has plans to further develop its waterless washing machine.
DIY Speakers Kit
The DIY Speaker Kit is a home kit from Technology Will Save Us to turn just about anything into a fully functional speaker. The DIY kit comes with a custom designed amplifier called the Uber Amp 9000 and all of the components the home builder need to make their own set of speakers out of any material. It is a great way to learn how to solder, understand how sound work and make something useful for your listening enjoyment.
The DIY kit offers a great opportunity to learn a bit about how to make your own electronics, as well as the ability to turn something already in the home environment into a speaker. In this way, the design can be seamlessly integrated into its surroundings.
Designers Nikhil Arora and Alejandro Velez have developed a home growing solution called the Home Aquaponics Kit. The closed-loop, table-top ecosystem consists of a fish tank with a full hydroponic garden suspended above it.
The self-cleaning tank relies on the symbiotic relationship of fish and plants to provide nutrients and filtration. The closed system provides a complete and easy solution for home gardeners. The aquaponic garden can be used to grow beans, basil, thyme, baby greens, oregano, mint, parsley, spinach, and other fresh produce at home.
Siddarth Sanghavi, the VP of Marketing and Advertising at Back to the Roots Ventures, says of the Aquaponics Home Kit:
“With increases in population, swellings with get smaller and design that maximizes space and utility will command a premium. A careful eye to aesthetics will also be important as functional objects will take on an ornamental role as well since everything can’t be stored away.”
The Oru Kayak is the world’s first origami kayak that is light, portable, and unfolds in minutes. The kayak is a manifestation of the adaptability trend identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living Report, where products accommodate a wider range of needs throughout the day and week, bringing greater functionality and flexibility to urban lifestyles.
The working concept was created by designer Anton Wills who has been working on the idea for months at TechShop. What initially looks like a large artist portfolio case, can be quickly unfolded and assembled to form a working kayak in around five minutes.
The Oru is made from corrugated plastic, which is lightweight, durable, and flexible. David Lang from MAKE had the opportunity to test the kayak and commented that it felt “fast and comfortable.”
The designer, Anton Wills, spoke to PSFK about updating the traditional kayak.
The kayak is the oldest unchanged boat, its design has existed for several thousand years (even the plastic-molded ones). For me, it was about taking something with a very long, elegant lineage and adapting it to urban conditions, that involves flexibility rather than altering the basic form.
These lightweight folding Tilt chairs from Folditure are designed to easily hang, and store. Made to be as flat as possible when folded up, the tilted chairs also features an integrated hanger so they can be easily hung up like clothes in a closet. This piece of reconfigurable furniture is an example of the larger trend of adaptability in the home, as identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living report.
With an ergonomically-inclined backrest and sturdy wood material, the tilt chairs are a great addition to any space-saving home.
PLAiR is a handheld, portable device which plugs into a TV, and is able to independently stream content from the internet, without requiring constant connectivity from another computer.
Connectable to any TV with a HDMI port, the device is a Wi-Fi-enabled HDMI dongle that can connect any smartphone to any television through an iOS or Android app.
Users can view photos and videos stored on their phone, or in the cloud, including YouTube, CollegeHumor clips, CNN, and Vimeo. Its portable design allows users to take it with them wherever they go, immediately plug it to a display and stream content through their phone.
The Jambox from Jawbone is a Bluetooth speaker system designed in collaboration with Yves Behar. The Bluetooth connectivity allows for users to enjoy their music in any room and control it easily using their phone or tablet. The device is also able to act as a speakerphone for work meeting at home.
The sleek design is sure to stand out in any environment, and provide an element of visual flair as well as functionality.
Canary Air Sensor
The Canary smart air sensor is a device that helps people breathe easier by monitoring the air quality in their homes or offices, including carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide levels, showing exposure over time to help improve those who are most vulnerable, including children and the elderly. It also monitors irritating particulate matter such as pollen, dust and mould.
Mark Belinsky, the lead developer, created the Canary because he was sick of breathing in the pollution of New York City. Belinksy envisions that the device will one day be placed all over cities to start monitoring how air is impacting daily lives:
This is just one device and we would love for developers to access it and build off of our tool to create new innovations.
Dezibel Floor Screen
Swedish-based Note Design Studio has developed series of sound-absorbing panels that can be placed on the floor in public spaces and offices. ‘Dezibel‘ are used to create a more balanced sound level, and the colorful panels of the decorative objects add to the aesthetics of a room.
Created for producer ZilenZio, the panels are thick in order to absorb all the frequencies of human speech. The sculptural objects have a solid but elegant wooden base and a top covered in textile.
Milk, Please! is an online service that lets users crowdsource help from their community with small last-minute grocery items. The platform connects users with others nearby who are going to the store, or are already there, allowing them to ask the shopper to purchase something like bread, milk, or eggs, and drop off the item at their home or office.
The innovative service is also eco-friendly as it reduces the carbon footprints of unnecessary trips to the grocery store. The service is accessible online as well as via a smartphone app.
Arduino Starter Kit
This instructional Arduino kit from TechnologyWillSaveUs helps people build interactive electronic objects for their home. Created by London-based “haberdashery for technology and education” TechnologyWillSaveUs, the founders Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirshmann say that in place of knitting needles, thread, and fabric, they will give you LEDs, circuit boards and jumper wires instead.
Co-founders Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirshmann say that everyone should be a maker:
In our view, ‘my device’ doesn’t have to do what ‘your device’ does, since my needs are different from yours. Technology Will Save Us imagines a world where people can make and produce technology on their own, designing their own solutions to problems because they have the skills and resources to do just that. The ‘Apples‘ and ‘Googles‘ of the world are producing very useful technologies, but how many of us know how to fix them when broken or make them work better to meet our needs? We blindly use technology as is, as opposed to embracing the opportunity to do something more.