Futuristic Furniture

Written by Charles Peacock
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Futuristic furniture took off in the '60s, and--despite a slight dip in popularity during the '80s and '90s--is now all the rage. There's always something funny about calling a piece of furniture "futuristic," especially when it exists entirely in the present and was designed anywhere from a few years to a few decades ago. But as long as your furniture looks like something your neighbors won't have for at least another 50 years, you can properly refer to it as "futuristic."

Amazing Futuristic Furniture

I won't go so far as to call adjustable beds futuristic since they've been sold on infomercials for almost twenty years now. But there's something to the idea of customizable functionality that adds a level of modernity to any piece of furniture. In recent years, all sorts of furniture have been introduced that allow the user to adjust both shape and appearance.

One amazing type of futuristic furniture comes with built-in adjustable lighting. Like something out of a sci-fi movie, these chairs and tables are made of light-weight, translucent plastic. They produce a soft, almost eerie glow, and can even be controlled by touch or by remote control.

Newly invented polymers are being embraced by furniture designers like never before. It almost seems like some futuristic furniture designers are bent on only using materials that no one else has ever used before. I read one review of a plastic polymer sofa that panned the styling, but still gave the piece points for being the first successful application of that material in a piece of home furniture.


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