Spanning work to relaxation, these are the latest examples of tech fusing with furnishings

In terms of tech product density, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is far from what you’d find at CES. But the past few years have shown a steady number of exhibitors presenting IoT and mobile-friendly products. In2017, we found several furnishing prototypes and new products that are using technology to facilitate relaxation, device charging and information assistance.

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MOVE is a lounge that incorporates sound wave technology to deliver a massage. The chair is designed by LA-based Nolen Niu who worked with Timule to integrate their drivers and controls. The system can deliver a full body massage that can be paired to audio programming.

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Settle is a mobile device friendly update to the coffee table designed by Tanya Cai. The prototype incorporates storage trays into an easy-to-clean, padded vinyl top. Settle could be used as a low work table or spare seat. What’s more, there’s even space to store and charge mobile devices.

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Mui is a discrete information and interior space control interface. What first appears to be a strip of wood, is actually a touch sensitive display. It can graphically display time and weather information, store and replay text and audio messages, and display controls for interior temperature and lighting. Mui can also communicate with other systems wirelessly and can be synced to a user’s mobile device.

Corner Office from Pablo is a privacy panel, light fixture and device charger aimed for co-working spaces. The modular fabric panels provide visual and sound isolation and can be used solo or in a variety of group configurations. The white corner element has integrated USB ports and a glare-free LED light. Corner Office is an efficient and elegant solution to distraction issues faced at desk-sharing environments.

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Images: Mui, Pablo, Dave Pinter

In terms of tech product density, the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is far from what you’d find at CES. But the past few years have shown a steady number of exhibitors presenting IoT and mobile-friendly products. In2017, we found several furnishing prototypes and new products that are using technology to facilitate relaxation, device charging and information assistance.

MOVE is a lounge that incorporates sound wave technology to deliver a massage. The chair is designed by LA-based Nolen Niu who worked with Timule to integrate their drivers and controls. The system can deliver a full body massage that can be paired to audio programming.