With technology advancing as rapidly as it does, even interior furnishing is advancing as well, with bathrooms now integrating technology into the classics like a painted bathroom vanity with stone top, with innovations built up based on the most beloved things from the past.
Lighting, in particular, ripe for developments, with Philips with their new Hue range of smart lighting, which is controlled by a mobile app, with designers Lo Yat-ming and Stephanie To Wan-yi creating a hi-tech product with a vintage aesthetic.
Meanwhile, online lighting start-up company NAP brought the classic light bulb with LED technology with their new URI light series, which users laser machining to cut acrylic glass into thread-like strands that are then woven into the intricate patterns for the lamp. Currently, the Uri lamp designers are working with an expert from Hong Kong Science Park to develop a magnetic levitation for a floating Uri lamp.
In terms of furniture making, new methods such as Computer-Numerical-Control (CNC) are bringing in wooden furniture into the modern times. Swiss Jorg Boner used it to design a more modern chair, such as his Wogg 50 chair, which is also stackable. The key element of the chair is a piece of moulded wood, which allows it for an elastic bounce.
Meanwhile, in London, designer Tom Dixon updated the classic three-dimensional form of his old S chair, which he first developed in the 1980s. In his new book, Dixionary, Dixon describes the innovation of digitalized manufacturing as a dream come true for designers and makers alike, allowing for classic products like a painted bathroom vanity with stone top to be made and adapted for individual needs with software that is common to the industry.
Other innovations include ornamental 3D floors, and new materials that are far stronger, safer and environmentally friendly than traditional materials. An example is graphene, a 2D nanotech honeycomb made from arrange carbon atoms, which, when used improve thermal regulation, reducing air conditioning.
The next innovation that might be on the way, could be solar generating textiles, with scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta are working on a fabric that is capable of absorbing energy from sunshine and motion, in order to power devices.