Minimal Furniture In The Smart Age

Technology’s convergence into iPhones and iPads is not only eliminating products like the camera and TV but is also affecting furniture design.

In short, the physical world is disappearing.

My home work desk is cleaner than ever. The same goes for the whole apartment. We don’t have clocks, a landline phone, nor CD shelves any more. All we have are our gadgets and a bunch of bad looking cords.

The next design challenge therefore is making the cords disappear and augmenting the gadgets next to our beds and in our living rooms and study desks.

Designing furniture for small tech devices and cordlessness creates an exciting opportunity in minimalism. We no longer need all this stuff to clutter our lives. As I look around my desk in 2012 all I see is a coffee cup, an iPad, and a wedding photograph. It’s relaxing, really.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.