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Current Obsessions

With spring always comes something fresh – be it flowers or in the design world, some new products, inspiration or ideas. We have been keeping our eye out for what’s on the horizon and have decided to share some items that have caught our eye. Keep reading on for our current obsessions!

We Love Chairs

As designers, we have many statements and a statement such as “we love chairs,” is not at all outrageous or surprising. Without chairs, life would be very different and a nice chair can make all the difference. Talk to someone who sits on the same one every single day if you don’t understand what we are talking about! Comfort is always key, but we also like the ones that are very visually appealing too. There are chairs that we love and will continue to use, but there are also some fabulous new designs!

Every year in Milan there is a furniture fair called Salone del Mobile and the one this year concluded not too long ago. Maruni a Japanese brand, released a couple new wooden chairs designed by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison. The Roundish armchair has a single piece of laminated plywood that has been bent and twisted to create an enveloping form – a beautiful fluid shape. Made using precision cutting technology, the Fugu chair is made from solid oak and has a gently curved seat and backrest that looks comfortable and classic.

Another lovely chair that made its debut at Salone del Mobile was the N01 designed by Japanese studio Nendo for Fritz Hansen. This all-wood chair with structural elements made from solid wood while other elements such as the shell are crafted using Fritz Hansen’s plywood technique and nine thin layers of veneer – and is entirely produced by hand. We love the honesty in material that comes across in it’s simple and elegant design aesthetic.

Sometimes as designers we have to work with a tight budget, but we never want to sacrifice design. Luckily, Danish brand Hay has launched a new range of minimal chairs that are as affordable (around 80 Euros) and simple as a “white T-shirt or blue jeans.” Designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, the Elementaire chair is polypropylene, but is robust enough to be a long-standing object and certainly is one of the most beautiful plastic chairs we’ve seen. There’s nothing “elementary” about this chair and would look great on a patio!

Accessories for Everyday

While we can talk about chairs for days, accessories are always fun and exciting. As you are planning your upcoming summer getaway and looking for a new piece of luggage, why not customize your own? With three standard sizes, ROAM  allows you to pick from their pre-designed cases or fully customize one to your liking. You will have no problem identifying your luggage next time you’re at the airport carousel! Looking for a new piece of jewelry? We’re loving the pieces from AR.M by Anna Rosa Moschouti a Greek-Dutch architect. Crafted from her studio in Antwerp, each piece is “[focused] on the importance of thoughtful design, responsible sourcing, and honesty.” The line includes earrings, bracelets, and necklaces that have a neutral palette and simple geometries.

If you are a coffee and design lover – you will love the latest model by Nespresso. The Lattisma one silky white offers the perfect espresso, cappuccino, latte, and coffee with one touch, one capsule. We are so in love with this color I think it’s time for an office upgrade.

What are your current obsessions? Let us know with the hashtag #area3currentobsessions

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Renovation Checklist

Renovations are exciting yet daunting. Chances are, you have been waiting for ages to start a renovation and more and more items are getting added to the list. Some people choose to completely remodel their home in one go while others prefer to do it in small phases. There is no right or wrong as long as you have direction! If you don’t even know where to begin when planning a renovation, keep reading. We have outlined a renovation checklist for you to help you get started.

Have A Plan

Step one is to always have a plan. The three key components of this plan is a wish list, budget, and a timeline. Sit down and create a wish list – one column for what you want and another for what you need and number them according to priority. If you do not live alone, we highly suggest you do this with your partner as you will discover that your priorities may differ. The next step is to determine your budget. This is really important to do before you meet with a designer or contractor and be sure to build in some padding – at least 10% for anything unexpected. You will find that if your budget is tight, then you might only be able to knock off a couple items on that wish list or maybe it will mean that you will have to settle with a more affordable laminate instead of engineered wood floors. And of course, you need to figure out your timeline. If you only have one month before Christmas, then maybe tearing down the walls from your dining room to the kitchen isn’t the right item to tackle on your list.

Do Your Research

If you are not doing the renovation yourself, you will need to find a contractor and/or an interior designer. When looking for an interior designer, make sure they are reputable. We suggest hiring a firm or individual who is a Registered Interior Designer (RID) with experience. This important as they are not only trained and passed examinations, but also carry practicing insurance. We have two RIDs on our team here at Area 3 – Brenda and Kulpreet – who bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to every project. Experienced interior designers will also have relationships with reputable contractors that they have worked with and can recommend. This can save you a lot of time. Do a walkthrough or consultation with the interior designer and contractor of your space before a contract is drawn up. There may be an initial consultation fee for this, however, their knowledge and expertise will indicate any red flags, and help you identify what needs to be taken care of. It’s also a great opportunity to see if the designer or contractor are a great fit for you and your project (after all you will be working closely together). Finally, read through and understand your contract before you sign on the dotted line! Contracts can be based on a fixed fee, a fee plus mark up, hourly or even design-build.  If you have a family member or friend who has had a successful renovation ask for a referral.

Be Prepared

Before your renovation can start there are always a few things to take care of. If you are doing a large renovation in your home you may need to move out for a duration of time. A building permit, or simple electrical or plumbing permit may be required. Be prepared this can add weeks to your project while you await approval. What will be your living arrangement? Maybe you can handle living in only half of your home, but where will the existing furniture go?  You may need to rent a storage space to house those pieces until the renovations are complete. Can you function without your kitchen and if so for how long? If you live in a Strata, be sure to clear your renovations with them. There may only be a certain time that construction is permissible due to noise and waste might need to be stored in a location. Some food for thought before you get going!

What is on your renovation wish list? Let us know with the hashtag #area3designrenovation

 

 

 

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Vancouver Treasures – Best Vintage Stores in the City

Let’s face it, vintage shopping is like treasure hunting. You have to go in determined and ready to unearth the most beautiful and one-of-a-kind item – sometimes to no avail. It takes patience to hop from one store to the next and it often takes hours to go through each of them! It seems that in fashion and interior decorating the key to getting that effortlessly cool, but the lived-in look is with a couple quality vintage pieces. Why settle for cheap knock-offs, like those infamous Eames chairs when you can have an authentic piece? They have a story to tell and add so much character. Before you go and tackle all the vintage stores in the city (there are tons), read on for our top picks!

Vintage Furniture

For those who don’t know, it’s no secret that we love Scandinavian design. The timeless and functional design combined with detailed craftsmanship make these pieces highly coveted. If you want to find an original here in Vancouver, your first stop should be Fullhouse Vintage + Modern in the Armoury District. Their large vintage collection focuses mainly on pieces from the 1930’s to the 1960’s and includes designers such as Finn Juhl, Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen, Hans Olsen and many more. A great place to find Mid Century Modern pieces from the 1950’s to the 1980’s is Attic Treasures. From chairs and tables to beds and lighting, there are some great furniture pieces to be found here – especially if you’re looking for teak! Relatively new to Vancouver is Gild & Co. which has a mix of vintage and new. Take a look here if you want something a little more glamorous – such as tufted sofas and gilded mirrors – alongside some modern Danish designs and rustic Canadiana antiques.

Vintage Clothing

The search for vintage clothing can be vast and for those of us who have a very particular taste that doesn’t involve wild colors or patterns, the hunt can be tedious. One of our absolute favorite stores to find vintage clothes is Hey Jude in Gastown. The small boutique is perfectly edited with 100% silk tops, tailored knits and worn-in denim which speak to a modern working girl aesthetic. Although the prices are in the mid to high range, you will have a headache-free shopping experience! Not too far away is Community Thrift & Vintage which offers more retro dresses, heels, and jewelry. What we love most about Community is that proceeds go towards underserved residents of the DTES. Hunter & Hare is another small boutique with fantastic finds. It has a curated selection of consigned items that include everyday basics to special-occasion attire that is gently worn. While you’re there you can also pick up a greeting card or a small crafted good such as a candle from local makers!

Which vintage store will you visit first? Let us know with the hashtag #area3designvintage!

 

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You are losing money if you don’t hire an Interior Designer

Everyone loves binge-watching HGTV in their free time and get inspired to take on a big renovation project. The designers on these shows make it look so easy! Just demolish a wall here, add a light fixture there and maybe even a window. Then pick a few finishes, paint colors and some new furniture, art, and décor. Voila! Is it really that easy? Unfortunately, they don’t call it “movie magic” for nothing. Before you get too excited about ripping out portions of your home, please consider hiring a professional interior designer. No, our services are not free, but we will help you in areas you didn’t even think about. Trust us, you will lose a lot less money and sleep with our help!

What a lot of people don’t know about the role of an interior designer is that we do a lot of project management. Depending on the size of a project there are a lot of people that will need to come on board such as a contractor, plumber, electrician, and millworker. It takes a lot of work to make sure everything is coordinated properly, and the result of the design is exactly as planned. Want to demolish a few walls? You are going to need a building permit and someone to put together that permit set – which is usually done by the interior designer. These things take time and it can take weeks before approval. If these things aren’t done right, you will need them redone, which will end up costing you quite a bit of money. It’s always better to have things done right the first time around! We work with the client’s team and trades. We can save you countless hours of running around from showroom to showroom, only to end up more overwhelmed than when you started. We can determine what products and materials best fit your aesthetic, budget and timeline.

Budgeting is always a factor in a design – time and money. If you are tight on time, then your budget will need to grow. However, even if you have money to spend, there is still a certain amount of time needed for certain things to get done. As we were saying earlier, some things such as building permits can take weeks and if one part of the process falls behind schedule, a few other things will subsequently follow. Time needs to be allotted for custom millwork pieces, tiles from Italy and a table from Finland – a term we call ‘lead time’ in our lingo. These items don’t just show up in a few days! Time needs to be given to the substrates to get certain things done and in the right order. Interior designers will put together a project timeline that is realistic and keeps the project team in the loop to make sure the project is done in a timely fashion. Who doesn’t like things that come in on time and on a budget? We will make sure your project is done right with great design, thoughtful choices in materials, and attention to detail. We take the time to understand each client and their specific needs. Below you will find a few photos of a past private residential project. This client had a young family and wanted to live here indefinitely. This was a home her children would grow up in. The open kitchen, dining and family room design encouraged more family time. The mudroom allowed for the kids to throw their backpack down and find a space for their shoes. The den was part mom’s space to manage the household bills, watch over the children doing their homework and showcase the family vintage encyclopedia collection. These are just a few ways an Interior Designer can help you with your dream project.

 

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Spring clean

Can you believe that it already springs? We can’t either! We’ve sprung forward and the days already feel much brighter and lighter. Why not translate that feeling in your home? By now we’re sure you’re already looking forward to some fun summer projects. Now is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning to make room for the new. Keep reading for our tips and tricks to purge, clean and refresh your home this weekend!

Purge

Everyone dreads going through all their stuff and doing a good purge, but it is 100% necessary. Are you really going to wear those jeans you bought 10 years ago? Your closet is a good place to start when you start your purge. We will echo what many organizational experts have said before us and this is to have a keep, donate and toss pile. For the items, you decide to keep organize them by season and stow away those that are currently out of season. The bags that you can vacuum the air out of like these Space Bags from Ziplock are fantastic to help you store clothing without taking up much room. How about that food processor you got for Christmas that you’ve only used once. It’s probably time for it to find a new home. Unused kitchen appliances and gadgets take up a lot of valuable real estate in your cupboards. If you haven’t used it for years, you should consider giving it away. One of your friends might love it!

Clean

Let’s face it, there’s a lot of things that need cleaning in your home, but there will always be a few that get overlooked or neglected. Your drapes and rugs are probably one of them. Yes, they are a bit of a pain to remove, but they also need some TLC. Wash or dry clean your drapes and shampoo or steam your rugs. You will be very surprised how dirty those get! Don’t forget to also clean your sofa upholstery. You’ve spent many days curled up there this past winter with your favorite cushions and throws, so it also needs a good clean! Make sure to use the appropriate cleaner for the upholstery on your sofa. Carefully read the labels so you don’t do any damage!

Refresh

Now that you’ve done some purging and cleaning, it’s time to give your home a good refresh. Those cushions, throws, and drapes you just cleaned? Why not swap them out for a few months for something different. Since they are not huge items (in price and size), you can easily update a few spaces in your home. Add a little bit of fun to your rooms by adding a splash of color or a new texture or pattern. Geometric patterns are back and pastel ice cream colors are also popping in. We like simple patterns like this Dash Black and White pillow from CB2 or how about a new throw like the Muuto ripple in a spring-inspired green available at Espace d.?  Need a few storage ideas? How about some modern baskets like the small grid from Ferm Living or the Muuto restore storage basket in multiple wool colors, great for newspapers and magazine, their concrete circular bowl can act as a catch-all on your coffee table? Feeling really ambitious might we suggest heading over to Ikea and start designing a custom PAX closet or storage system that will house all those shoes, dedicate exactly the right amount of space for hanging and folded clothes, and for us jewelry lovers you can add pull out accessories drawers for all your earrings, bracelets, necklaces, belts, scarves, watches……….. definitely on my to-do list this year!

What will you purge, clean and refresh this spring? Let us know with the hashtag #area3springcleaning

 

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The Designer Nursery

Welcoming a tiny human to the world is quite exciting, but designing a room for your first child can be a daunting task. Amongst all the other things you are preparing for, creating a room for them should not be the most stressful. Before you invest a lot of money into this new room, take a couple minutes to arm yourself with these helpful tips. We hope that this will help you design a room that grows with your baby – saving you time and money in the long run!

Choose a Style, not a Theme

Although it seems like a lot of fun, going to the Disney store and picking up every possible Princess item is probably not the best idea. Yes, a themed room can be a lot of fun, but will it grow well with your child? Probably not, especially if you have a second one. We suggest choosing a style and not a theme. A good place to start is to decide on furniture finishes. Whether you go all white or a wood tone, keep it consistent. Also, try and stick to one feature color – a gender-neutral one is always a good choice. You can use this color on one wall as a focal point or have it in the textiles you choose. When choosing an interior paint, make sure to look for one with low or no VOCs such as the Natura paint from Benjamin Moore to ensure that your newborn isn’t breathing in any harsh chemicals. To add a bit of whimsy and fun to the space, choose a geometric pattern! Simple patterns such as stripes or dots and many other Scandinavian inspired prints are a good way to go. One of our favorite neutral lines is Ollie + Lime available at Westcoast Kids. At our recent project Berkley Village we used this black and white bedding line along with a grid wallpaper from Ferm Living and Ikea furniture for a modern gender neutral nursery. Other fun ideas include an alphabet, animal, transit or nature concept. If you keep it simple with a decorative wall lamp, framed posters, or toss cushion it will be easy to change as your child grows.

Be Creative with Storage

Have you ever noticed that the tiniest people need the most stuff? From toys to diapers, clothes to other gear, the stuff babies need is endless. The challenge is to find ways to store it because chances are, you don’t have a lot of extra room to spare. Getting creative may be the way to go! Wall shelves can be a great solution as they are out of the reach of children, but are accessible to you. Install them near your changing station and add some bins and baskets for convenient storage of changing essentials. Hangers in a closet probably isn’t useful at this time, so add some hanging closet storage instead that make storing tiny clothes much easier. These SKUBB organizers or TROFAST line from IKEA are very inexpensive options. If you have the room, consider finding a chest or shelving unit that you can add a cushion top too. Not only is this good storage for toys, but also doubles as a seat.  Ouef is a modern eco-friendly children’s furniture line. We think their XL station is a clever multi-purpose solution. It can be secured to their Merlin 6-drawer dresser and doubles as a shelving unit, once the diaper years are done. Hang on the wall as a shelf or use as a large tray for storing baby toiletries. The mini library shelving unit can be configured and used to whatever child or baby needs (this could also look great in a family room). How about a pegboard for the nursery to hang or bin all those small items? We like the Cambria – Peg Board by Gautier Studio.

Leave Room to Grow

Before you go out and stuff the room full of furniture, think about what you will need long-term. While the room is a nursery you will need a crib, a nursery chair and a place to change diapers, but these pieces will not permanently reside in the room once your child grows up. Think about the space that you have. By putting in a changing table, will you have space for a toddler bed in a few years? Why not consider a change table that doubles as a dresser with a removable top? When buying a crib you might want to consider one that converts into a toddler bed. A few worth looking at is the Babyletto Hudson 3- in-1-crib,  Ikea’s SUNDVIK, GULLIVER or lastly the Ouef Perch toddler bed can become a bunk bed as your child grows and wants a new adventure and sleepovers?

How will you create a room that grows with your baby? Let us know with the hashtag #area3babyroom

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12 Best Websites for Design Inspiration

As designers, we are always keeping our eye out for inspiration. Some days we get a great idea on a walk, sketching or simply making coffee. Other days we may get designer’s block (similar to writer’s block) and need something to help prompt some ideas. Images are great for that! There are so many great websites out there that provide us with inspiration. Many beyond Pinterest, but where should you look? Here are 12 of our favorite websites for design inspiration that will leave you scrolling, clicking and very inspired for hours.

  1. Designspiration 

If you have never used Designspiration before, you are missing out! It is similar to Pinterest but is focused only on design. It’s perfect for some interior design, graphic design, typography and architecture inspiration. Create an account and you can save them all just like Pinterest!

 

  1. Design Milk 

Design Milk is a fun site for all kinds of design related inspiration. From architecture and interiors to style, tech and travel, you will come across quite a variety of interesting images and articles. Their Instagram accounts also make it very easy to follow along!

  1. Houzz 

Houzz is a great site for discovering design ideas for your home as well as a great tool to find design professionals (like us!). You can even shop for a variety of design products from their curated collection. You will find us there. We have been fortunate enough to win “Best of Houzz” for the last few years.

  1. Gray Magazine 

For those looking for some local Pacific Northwest inspiration, Gray magazine features some of the best. You’ll always find interiors, architecture, fashion, art and design that will keep you dreaming. It might also inspire your next design filled trip to Seattle or Portland!

  1. Western Living Magazine

For a little more lifestyle inspiration, Western Living is the place to look. Among the great images of homes and design is food, wine and travel. A fantastic mix we must say!

  1. Interior Design Magazine 

If you want to be inspired by some of the best interiors worldwide – whether it be the home, office or hospitality – definitely start at Interior Design Magazine’s website.

  1. Azure Magazine 

Azure has some great features such as their product guide that can help you find anything from residential furniture to flooring and appliances. The Field Trip category also has some great shots of spaces around the world that you’ve never seen before!

  1. Dwell

Need some modern home inspiration for your residence? Dwell is dedicated to that and features some very unique homes that are sure to spark some ideas. With that midcentury vibe and some stunning prefab homes, this is sure to be found on many a coffee table.

  1. Dezeen 

For architecture and interior design enthusiasts in all aspects, Dezeen has a plethora of posts that you will delve into. From forward-thinking buildings to sculptural cakes [https://www.dezeen.com/2017/09/07/dinara-kasko-sculptural-cakes-carved-from-sheets-chocolate-food-design/?li_source=LI&li_medium=recommended_movies_block], you are sure to stumble upon something drool worthy.

  1. ArchDaily 

As the name suggests, Arch Daily is your go-to site for architecture. Explore buildings from around the world – small and large! Each project has its own page along with some great images, drawings, and details.

  1. Yellowtrace

Design inspiration and resources for creative and curious minds is the tagline here, and they do not disappoint. Started in 2010 by an Interior Designer they have become an influential and award-winning online design publication (one of my favorites).

  1. Behance

Whether it is architecture, interior design, graphics, photography or renderings be prepared to lose a few hours. Launched in 2005 Behance has become the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. The creative world updates their work in one place to broadcast it widely and efficiently. Some amazing talent in the world. A great source of inspiration.

What are your favorite websites for design inspiration? Let us know with the hashtag #area3designinspiration

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Four years and counting…….

Today marks the 4th anniversary of Area3 and we are going to have a celebration! Every year we say to each other if you could go back in time and do it all over, would you? Without hesitation, we all say a resounding yes! We must be nuts….. Funny thing about this crazy club (being an entrepreneur) is it is like no other challenge. Before you take the plunge you think how many years will it take you to figure it all out? One? Two? Three? Hmmm, Five years seems to be a milestone. I think we have realized we will never have it all figured out and that’s ok. That is part of the drive and the challenge. When you pour your heart, sweat, and tears into something you so passionately love the rewards are like no other. I often tell friends that owning your own business is like a crazy roller coaster ride. The highs are intoxicating, exhilarating and the lows, well they can leave a pit in your stomach. But, how do you appreciate hot, if you have never experienced cold? The thing about challenges and failures is that they are all just opportunities to learn and grow. It means we are not stagnant. Now that Area3 has learned to walk, maybe we will try jogging into our fifth year. We are very appreciative of all the support we have received from our friends, family, suppliers and especially clients. We are excited about all the great opportunities that are around the corner. But today is about making a toast and acknowledging our achievements to date and of course enjoying that big fat slice of cake (Kulpreet you better save a piece for me). Lisa, Brenda, Kulpreet, and Marion.

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Why Interior Design is Sexy

Interior Design is sexy – I’m sure that’s a phrase you don’t hear every day. Before we dive into why we think so, let’s preface this with an experience that we’ve all likely had. You’re sitting in a restaurant and trying to have a nice dinner. The food is great, but the ambiance is a little off and just enough for you to notice. Perhaps you and your dinner companion are having a conversation, almost to no avail as you are trying to shout over the reverberating voices of other dining guests and the music. The room is dark, but the light above your table is bright and casts a ghastly shadow on your companion’s face, and yours as well – which doesn’t sound very sexy at all. What makes Interior Design sexy then? Usually when you don’t notice it at all. It is the experiences you have inbuilt spaces that don’t make you wonder why something was done a certain way. When the invisible things such as acoustics, thermal comfort, and lighting work so well that you don’t even notice, allowing you to really notice the experience the designer was trying to create.

Sexy interior design is functional and fabulous – it works the way it was intended to and enhances the user’s everyday life. For example your kitchen! You spend hours in this space every day preparing your meals and spending time with your family. If it is planned well, using it would be a breeze! Your appliances are easily accessible and everything you need is at your fingertips. No need to crawl or climb to try and fetch items that are out of reach. In kitchen design, we use a formula called the working triangle to ensure that your stove, sink and fridge create a triangle with distances that make using your kitchen simple and easy. You don’t see this detail, but you definitely notice it when it’s not applied. For examples of the work triangle be sure to check out a few of our recent projects like Contessa or Park Station. For all those dreamers out there be sure to wander through Schiffini and Bulthaup for inspiration. Don’t blame us if you fall in love.

Like a perfect outfit, sexy interior design is all about the details. Or in this case the minimalist aesthetic. Sexy is uncluttered. Simple, streamlined, clean and serene.  Start with the basic components and layer on the right textures and finishes to create that sleek space. We believe a sexy space is an emotional response you have within a space. One that you don’t want to leave. Whether it’s a luxury spa, hotel lounge, dramatic restaurant or your own slice of heaven at home. Creating that perfect ensuite where you can escape. Bedrooms that dreams are made off or kitchen to create a masterpiece in. Strima General Contractors work on many upscale projects that echo this sentiment. Design is truly sexy for us. We enjoy knowing that we can create spaces that clients and users will enjoy now and for years to come.

Why do you think Interior Design is sexy? Let us know with the hashtag #area3designsexyinteriors

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2018 Design Forecast

There’s nothing more fun than forecasting for the year ahead. Like the weather, things are always changing with new trends and new products on the horizon that push innovation. In design, there are a few things we can always count on – one of them being Pantone’s Color of the Year, which is Ultra Violet for 2018 – and IKEA (we are only half joking). IKEA did in fact debut the new YPPERLIG collection designed with Danish design company HAY in the Fall, which we are more than over the moon about, but that is old news. We’ve looked into the crystal ball and rounded up a few new and noteworthy products to keep your eyes peeled for and lust after this year. Keep reading to find out

Modular Seating

The way we live and work has dramatically changed in the last few years. No longer are we confined to stationary screens and computers to do our work or enjoy entertainment. We almost demand flexibility and adaptability with our smartphones, tablets, and laptops – shouldn’t our furniture also change with us? With our ever-changing needs, modular furniture appears to be our best solution and it doesn’t have to be boxy and uncomfortable. Francesco Rota designed the PLUS system for Lapalma which is a collection of curvy, soft components, including rectangular, square and round-ended seat shapes, two sizes of backrests, an armrest and a table. Minimalist and quite fun, these pieces can be rearranged to your preference whether that be a classic sofa or floating seats in a large living room. You can even have the side tables outfitted with a power supply so your gadgets are never out of juice.

Surface Charging

Speaking of the power supply, have you noticed that power outlets are in hot demand? They are hotspots when you go to the airport or the mall – we constantly need to recharge our smartphones. The day when you can wirelessly charge your phone from almost any surface is not too distant. The Blend Into Space everyday objects by design studio PESI is sure to be on your radar for 2018. It is a conceptual collection of furnishings and homewares with wireless-charging technology integrated below every surface designed as a part of Samsung’s startup incubation program, Creative Square. There is no doubt that these products will fly off the shelves.

Smart and Wearables

While we are still on the topic of smart technology, we cannot forget about the smartwatch. Although it has not been adopted into our everyday lives as readily as our smartphones, they are still evolving to meet our needs – and more importantly our design tastes. Skagen Denmark just released their new Falster Smartwatch and it is the perfect cross between your classic watch with the technology of a smartwatch. It looks classy with a minimalist LCD touchscreen face and runs Android Wear so you can tap and swipe your way through messages, music, and activity tracking data. Watch out Apple!

Minimalist Gadgets

For something a little more low-tech and practical, we have this beautifully designed PlusMinus [http://selek.design/11-plusminus.html] minimalist screwdriver from  Selek Design. Can we take a moment to admire how sleek it is? We would probably try to find reasons to take it out for a spin as often as possible. It is also so compact that you can do without the bulky toolbox and just stash it in a drawer. Now if only there was tape measure on the market that is just as gorgeous to match!

Grids

A trend we’ve been starting to see is the use of grids – simple lines intersecting and joined together. It’s a great pattern and is fairly timeless in our opinion. Kallista has taken this idea even further by creating their new faucet named Grid. Using cutting-edge technology, innovation, and design, the faucet is 3D printed. The faucet celebrates the beauty of geometrical minimalism and coupled with a matte black finish, it is simply stunning. We are amazed by its outline form which hides discrete interior waterways. It is sure to be a show stopper once installed in a bathroom!

What are you forecasting for design in 2018? Let us know with the hashtag #area3forecast2018

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