Design will keep changing to suit the most current of trends, tastes and functionality needs of today’s buyers. The same can be evidently seen in mobile phones, PC keyboards, gaming consoles and even in mugs. These creative means to re-invent product designs as we know it are not lost in another important aspect of our daily life: home furniture. Granted some designs will look cooler and more comfortable than others, but pay extra attention to futuristic designs.
This is why I’d like to highlight some futuristic designs in furniture that could possible grace our homes in the not-so-distant future. For some lucky home and office owners, the future is already here. Here are 20 of the more awe-inspiring furniture designs found all over the Web.
Designed for Scholtes by renowned Iraqi-born architect Zaha Hadid this futuristic prototype design features a touchscreen control panel, heating membranes, sound activators, aromatic scent dispensers, LED lights along with a multimedia entertainment system that comes with a flat screen TV and your very own Apple mac mini which would complement any modern day home. If the Starship Enterprise had a kitchen, surely this would take centre stage! Beam me up Scotty!
Wasserbetten has taken design to new intergalactic heights and touched the rings of Saturn with this amazing bed using innovative technology, and incorporating a Yacht design. This bed would actually feel more at home in space than the bedroom. It contains built-in surround sound, therapeutic lighting, water bed sound and a water mattress to simulate the weightlessness of space.
Now all we need is an asteroid to accompany the Concoon bed… Maybe this 24-facet Innermost Asteroid indoor/outdoor Lamp designed by Koray Ozgen will do the trick. This unique space age lamp has 24 facets, giving it an asteroid look and the perfect one-of-a-kind lighting source for your home.
Created by Turkish designer Faith Can Sarioz whose inspiration may have come from the animated show, the Jetsons, this dining table features the innovative concept of a sphere which can be cloesd to save space. Open, this pod-like dining table blossoms like a flower and seats six. It houses a light at the centre with a glowing blue light at the base.
Designed by Edoardo Carlino, this bed is the ultimate sleeper’s dream! Shaped like a metallic box, this elegant and visually stunning sleeping pod is (ironically) a full-fledged multimedia entertainment system! It includes a reading lamp, a sound system, games consoles, a HD projector and blinds that enclose you. From the comfort of your bed, you can control everything including your beds movement.
Created by UStogether, this all-white bathroom furniture feature screams simplicity and incorporates an all-in-one design which includes a sink basin, bath tub and a shower.
This stylish futuristic sofa is hand crafted using stainless steel. Don’t you think that this couch resembles Superman’s space ship half cut?
Award winning designers David Koo and Zheng Yawei have come up with this revolutionary concept design. Using magnetic force the base will levitate a soft upper cushion. This physics-defying couch could be the perfect place to drift off into dreamland after a long day at work.
Designed by Arthur Xin this bed brings around the next generation of eco living/sleeping. Equipped with LEDs to help the plants grow, as well as speakers to play music that lull you to sleep, this bed also comes with its very own power-generating system. All activities such as weight lifting, in and around the bed are converted into energy, making it 100% eco-friendly. The main highlight of the bed is the integrated plants which are supported by a built in planter.
The Melting Point TV stand, designed by Erhan Afsaroglu who stated that his inspiration came from a water drop before it hits the ground. This smooth seamless jointed stand was created using LG Hi-macs. Fixed to the wall this unit looks as if it is floating in the air while the LED lights underneath further amplifies the effect.
Created by Toyo Kitchens, this kitchen furniture can fit into any space. The innovative Ying Yang design is accompanied with three electric cooker rings, a sink and loads of space for all your kitchenware in the elaborate corrugated drawers. Like Ying and Yang this design fuses into perfect harmony, futuristic design and practicality.
Designed by Nuvist this futuristic table is inspired by the natural curvature of living organisms. The lines are integrated into one another. The table can be turned and twisted in almost any direction.
Designed by David Koo, this magnificent hi-tech shower is a capable of switching between normal mode and an energy saving mode by recycling hot water on site. This next generation water system is far more energy efficient then current day showers. The device comes equipped with a touch screen panel along with temperature and pressure control buttons.
This intergalactic deck chair is an innovative design created by Pedro Silva. Not only does it look aesthetically futuristic but it is also extremely comfortable. Using high-quality fiberglass, leather and a chrome structure, this deck chair would be the best way to relax under the sky of a distant galaxy.
They say seeing is believing, but not when it comes to this next design. Ben Alun-Jones’ affinity chair attempts the impossible by re-creating the effect of invisibility by exploring light and space. Using one-way mirror film, plastic acrylic, LEDs and ultrasonic sensors the chair cloaks itself and blends into its environment. The futuristic feature also has the ability to interact with humans, by flashing LED’s the nearer you get to the seat.
This revolutionary bath tub design is the handy work of i-sopod. Like a car straight out of a sci-fi film, this bath tub is constructed using doubled skinned GRP mouldings. Whilst open, the tub lights up like a Christmas tree using its in-built LEDs to create the perfect ambiance. The tub also comes with its very own mp3 player and has the latest filtration system.
This stylish table by Nuvist looks like it’s been teleported from the future. Created using the latest technology and advanced materials this ingenious design has a levitating effect with a wave like body inspired by the flow of liquid. Sleek, sexy and minimalistic, this futuristic desk is for the man of tomorrow, today.
Antoine Lebrun’s futuristic design is an eco-multifunctional kitchen incorporating electromechanical technology. Special plants developed by the aerospace industry with filtering and cleaning properties provide constantly renewable, clean water and soap. The unit also contains a cooking surface and sink. It even comes with an inbuilt dishwasher where dirty dishes can be put into the sink and professionally cleaned.
Now what space-age home would be complete without a futuristic bar? Luckily Vondom have the answer. The Fiesta Lighted Bar illuminates the room, and comes with a remote that allows changes to the colour of the lights. Sun- and water-resistant for outdoor or indoor use, the bar comes lined with storage shelves for easy access.
This bench is the brain child of Austrian designer Christian Precht. This creative bench uses a loop design, twisting and turning like a nebula allowing for various seating positions. Connected using multiple elastic 3D fibres, this bench can be taken apart and arranged in nearly any position you desire.
So there you go, the futuristic furniture designs that even the Starship Enterprise would be envious of. Which one is your favourite and which one would you most like to have in your home? Leave your comments.
Editor’s note: This post is written by Rahul Mistry for Hongkiat.com. Rahul is a freelance writer and a creative solutions expert. He loves technology, sports, art and all things digital. You can find him on Twitter, and G+.