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.
Luceplan Petale D71 Suspension Lamp designed by Odile Decq features Ecophon a sound absorbing panel and white finish. A suspension lamp with an organic form which conceals the magic of silence within: the body consists of a sound absorbent panel upholstered in white fabric, improving acoustic comfort within the environment.
The elegant fixture contributes to the beauty of the home environment, while simultaneously creating a quieter and more peaceful environment.
Beats Audio is a sound profile which boost performance in small and mobile devices. Developed to maximize the capability of sound systems, Beats Audio allows you to get the most out of any audio solution wirelessly. In the home, this translates into big sound from small places.
The sound optimizing quality of Beats Audio allows users to save space in the home, getting great sound quality from their phones, tablets, laptops, or headphones.
Mango Health has developed an iPhone app that has been set up to meet the needs of people who take prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and nutritional supplements. By entering a text or snapshot of medications and supplements, the app reminds people to stay on their dosage schedule and defines the possible interactions between various combinations to provide users with necessary warnings.
The app also allows users to log activities, keep a schedule, compare themselves to other people taking the same medication or facing a similar health situation, and be motivated by getting points, discounts and rewards for following doctors’ orders. As 75% of U.S. adults admit not to following physician prescribed treatment plans, Mango Health believes that its design and game mechanics can encourage people to be more cautious and serious about their treatments.
We spoke with Jason Oberfest, Co-Founder and CEO of Mango Health, on the inspiration behind the app:
Historically the medical profession has been driven by data collected by the clinician, but we are currently in the midst of an important change where this model is being inverted-going forward good medical care will be centered around the analysis of patient-collected data. Your health data no longer lives in a file at the doctor’s office, instead you carry it with you at all times. We believe that having personal health information immediately accessible will inspire people to live healthier lives, because instead of waiting to have your health assessed at an annual check up, you can access your personal health information in real time. It’s inevitable that people will make smarter health decisions in the face of that constant feedback.
The Bitponics system is a cloud-based hydroponic garden manager, complete with a web-based dashboard that’s accessible anywhere and can control every aspect of the growing process, such as pH, temperature, light and moisture level.
The compact garden system collects data from Wi-Fi enabled sensors that plug into a base, logging that information in a dashboard. When any problems arise, the system sends alerts to owners. The base has two power outlets built in which feature timers that allow you to set schedules for components like lights and pumps.
The vertical garden is a demonstration piece showing Bitponics technology in action. This garden is created in collaboration with designer Endrit Hajno.
This apartment unit is designed especially for the home. This unit will not only grow microgreens but also provides a surface to prepare your salad. This system has 8 drawers to grow a variety of greens to prep various microgreen salad or garnish any dish. The butcher block counter top offers more surface area to enjoy as you entertain guests. Designed in collaboration with Endrit Hajno.
Special Thanks to
- SVA’s VFL & Products of Design MFA Program
- The Green Box
- Chris Ilaria Glass
- Abigail Cohen – Project Manager
Photography taken by Isabel Magowan
The Bitponics system retails for $499 for a base station.
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.
Graham Hill, founder of TreeHugger, has designed the ThinBike in collaboration with German bike manufacturer Schindelhauer Bikes. The ThinBike is a full-sized, single-speed bike whose handlebars and pedals can be folded flat to save space, making it a great means of transport for small apartment dwellers.
In an interview with Treehugger, Graham Hill spoke about being inspired by small spaces:
The genesis of this project was to create a really thin bike. I noticed that bikes are awkward due to their wide handlebars and pedals. I figured that if you could have a system whereby you could fold the bars and pedals then you’d have a much more storable, luggable bike and therefore could more easily incorporate it into a small apartment lifestyle. I also knew that I wanted a carbon belt drive hence the Schindelhauer choice.
Milkmaid is a sensor-laden milk jug designed and created by Stephanie Burns and submitted to the Quirky + GE Project. The Milkmaid’s responsive design reflects the larger trend of adaptability identified in PSFK’s Future of Home Living report.
The milk jug sends SMS messages to owners when milk supplies are almost out or have gone off. Stored inside the fridge, the quart-sized glass container sits on a plastic base containing weight, temperature and pH sensors, a GSM radio module, SIM card and antenna. Monitoring both milk quantity and food safety conditions, the base texts a predesignated mobile number whenever more milk should be picked up at the store. A corresponding iPhone app provides instant access to milk supply information at any time.
The lead inventor behind the Milkmaid, Stephanie Burns, shares her thoughts on the Internet of Things in making modern living easier:
Big data is prevalent in most Internet-enabled apps and products. I think by gathering information into our everyday lifestyle products we are able to see areas of opportunity-opportunities for us to see how we can scale back, be efficient and innovate…Homes are getting smarter and more connected as we add software to our every day products. Running a household from your smartphone is rapidly approaching and I think we’re going to see a lot of our household appliances eventually talk to each other. I think designers should be thinking about integration as they build smart appliances.
Smart Body Analyzer...
Withings, an early entrant in the connected health products and apps market with its original Wi-Fi-enabled scale, is expanding its suite of connected products and services with two devices that further provide a big picture view on an individual’s health: the Withings Smart Activity Tracker and the Withings Smart Body Analyzer. The Smart Activity Tracker is a small device carried in the user’s pocket or on their waistband that tracks activity, heart rate and sleep patterns.
The Withings Smart Body Analyzer is a Wi-Fi-enabled scale that checks weight, BMI and body fat, as well as indoor air quality. Used in combination, heart rate can be measured by stepping on the scale in the morning and logged at any time during the day using the activity tracker.
Both devices are Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-equipped to sync health data with the cloud via the Withings iPhone or Android app.
Sit pretty on this undulating bench made by architect Carl Fredrik Svenstedt, which was inspired by the human skeleton. Carved by CNC machine from flat sheets of furniture-grade plywood, this bench balances form with cutting-edge technology to produce fluid, flowing curves.
PSFK spoke to Svenstedt about the ideas behind his products and architecture and his thoughts on trends in home living.
The infinity bench was designed as an exploration of 3D fabrication and the idea of making volume out of flat panels. The parts are cut out serially from flat plywood sheets by digitally controlled cutting machines. At the same time the rings are dimensioned in a layout such that several rings can be cut out of one another, like onion rings, such that less panels are used. On another level, though, the bench is obviously inspired by skeletal structures and the sensuality of the human form.
Bring the nightlife home with this monthly cocktail subscription service which delivers ingredients for two cocktail recipes that have been hand selected by Julibox curators.
Every month, Julibox delivers two cocktail recipes that have been carefully curated by their mixologists and designed for easy preparation. These recipes already come with the ingredients, alcohol and mixers needed to make them. Each monthly package contains enough of the ingredients to make two of each cocktails-four cocktails per month.
Before each shipping of a Julibox, the company informs the subscriber in advance of any extra items needed, like lime or lemons. It is a nice change to be able to experience gourmet cocktails from the comfort of home, rather than a crowded bar.
Fan TV is a next-generation set-top box which allows viewers to combine TV, DVR, VOD, and streaming services all into one device. Launched by Entertainment Discovery startup Fanhattan, the device is controlled using swipe and tap gestures on a pebble-like, touchpad remote control designed to be used without having to look at it.
Its content will be derived from partnerships with pay TV and streaming service providers. Movies and TV shows across nearly 30 streaming services can be discovered, watched and shared today with the Fan app for iPads and other Apple devices, and on Fan for the Web. Fan TV will bring this experience to the living room. The elegant device was designed by Yves Behar, and aims to simplify the TV viewing experience into a single interface.
Turn these colorful modular soft blocks into beds, sofas, tables, benches, or shelves. ZIG, a collection of furniture launched by Cezign and designed by Cecilia Dupire and Costa Picadas, caters to those who want to design their own furniture based on their moods or space requirements.
The ZIG is more of design tool than a piece of furniture since it allows people to create interactive furniture from soft block-shaped units.The blocks can be shaped into practically any design that allows users to individualize their own piece of furniture.
is designed by by Cecilia Dupire and Costa Picadas. Dupire founded Cezign which is an association of designers and image creators who are working with contemporary interiors and exteriors.
Cecilia Dupire, founder of the design collective Cezign, says this about the ZIG concept:
Our focus is on creating affordable spaces that have a high level of multi- functionality but that still blend aesthetically with what is unique and contemporary. It is a creative force that transforms unused existing raw spaces and turns them into attractive, modern design projects at a reasonable cost.