Digital technology has put the savvy and know-how for interior decorating squarely into your hands.
You have the power to truly personalize your home, and we’re not just talking about colors and patterns, or even home automation. The choice is no longer between the oak or mahogany headboard. Instead, it’s between the headboard equipped with iPad docking stations or built-in cell phone chargers.
Technology is making it possible for your home to be designed around you and the devices you use, truly changing how we will go about our interior décor in the future.
While electronic devices are constantly evolving to be smaller and more streamlined, the furniture and home décor industries have been slow to evolve. In this New York Times article, Herman Miller’s Director of Future Technology Ryan Anderson said that situation is changing because it has to:
“The rate of technological change has gotten so fast that we need to inform the design to reflect it.”
In response to the undeniable frequency with which we use technology and electronic devices each day, companies are now designing furniture and décor items like lamps to work with our devices, like the iCon bed by Hollandia, equipped with docking stations and built-in speakers.
Furniture like this iRock chair by Micasa Lab bridge the gap between work and relaxation with a built-in iPad dock and speakers mounted on the chair back. It certainly puts a modern twist on the rocking chair.
Further still are furniture options like this coffee table that come with a touchscreen embedded right into the top. You might not be able to take it with you, but it certainly makes it easy to use the computer in your living room.
What technology has done for interior design is simplify and free up space. We don’t need a lot of items simply because we now use our phones for everything—clocks, bookshelves, filing cabinets, entertainment.
The lack of necessity for drawers, cabinets and shelves means furniture is more minimal; designed instead around your technology needs, like this solar-powered desk with built-in phone chargers.
And this slim table with all the accessories for optimal device storage and easy use.
While much of the mainstream furniture industry has been slow to adapt to how we use technology—for instance, couches aren’t yet universally designed ergonomically for someone using a laptop in their living room instead of at a desk—it is slowly fusing with the technology we use every day and becoming much easier to personalize.