The busier and more diverse our lives become, the more change and stress placed on our surrounding environment. Especially those working in creative fields, who’re known for make shift offices and work spaces that serve a number of purposes. No more are we trapped in conventional boxes, and often have moveable environments that adapt to suit our needs. This reminds me of a traditional Japanese home where the bedroom can be packed away to create a clear environment for others to revolve around. No doubt modern living requires new furnitures that function in certain ways, those that can be stacked up and stored away in small spaces, or maybe even those that solve multiple problems for the user.
I came across L&Z and I thought they had a neat selection of solutions, plus some beautiful imagery to compliment. The concept behind the company is to develop simple and straightforward products for contemporary working and living. Instead of humans adjusting to old furniture and the shortcomings in doing so, they want to develop objects that work with our new behavioural patterns, that are flexible and spontaneous. One of my favourite captions from their about page is, “products that are dedicated to the classical modern principles of functionality and high value, but are contrasted by a hint of irrationality. Practical and reasonably priced items, embellished in their final stage of development by a characteristic, emotional note, which strengthens their bond to people. Objects that find mere function, as well as pure decoration unsatisfying”. I like this as they’re not just taking one standpoint, they are looking at these from a few different angles and trying to combine them in to an ideology of sorts.
One of the main intrigues for me is the fact that these objects are universal. The Roll-Up Bin is a nice example, I’m also fond of the Sinus Trestles and the Ed Mobile Pedestal designed by Daniel Lorch. The Ed Mobile Pedestal is made out of a single piece of sheet steel, and serves a number of functions, from a docking space for mobile devices and notebooks, to a coffee table with extra storage, each can be stacked to save room and act as a improvised seat for visitors. Anyway, I’ll let you guys and gals peruse at your own will. A recommendation I do have is to snap up this years lookbook, it’s free to view in PDF format but they also have a print copy that can be sent to your address. This book looks nicely designed and features a number of inspiring images, I’d order a copy while you still can!