The clutter within modern interiors has created a disjointed occupation of space. The bulk of modern devices from televisions to air conditioners consume valuable real estate while negatively influencing aesthetics. Unsightly cords and cables tether us to walls. Even seamless integration of lighting remains an expensive proposition.
All stuck in the ubiquitous box. The form that has defined interiors for millennia. Exasperated by furniture designed to complement such rigid space. The mass proliferation of such interior dimensions inevitably assures its continued survival. Yet a solution may reside in a more organic approach with biomorphic facades inserted into existing interiors. A new interior shell, functional within current infrastructures.
The seeds of such a paradigm shift have already begun. In the Graft designed Hotel Q, floor blends with walls and furniture from benches to beds. While sections of wall emit light, serving to create a more homogeneous space.
Commercial and office spaces also hint at this potential future, exemplified by C.A.P.’s design for the Shanghai based Reebok Flagship Store.
In the new east coast office of Shilo, a unique plan with a 45-degree kink led architecture firm Studio a+i to conceive a kidney shaped table of massive proportions. 85 foot long, it stretches through the center of the office. Here, a conference room also sports an effective three wall wrap around chalk board.
The eventual push toward this direction may arise from emergent technologies. Flexible, micro-thin materials capable of transmitting electrical pulses, generating variable temperatures and emitting light and video would be better suited to biomorphic interiors for optimum effect and flexibility. Such technologies should demand a new approach to interior space. And we may just be willing to accept it.
Top Image | V-Hotel Interior. Work in Progress. Design by MAD.
Images 2-3 |Hotel Q - Berlin. Design by Graft.
Image 4 | Reebok Flagship Store - Shanghai. Design by C.A.P. Render by March.
Images 5-7 |Shilo East Office. Design by Studio a+i. Photography by Hai Zhang.