The flexible furniture wall was initiated by the architect firm Tengbom and the Nordic housing developer OBOS, who were conducting a pre-study on flexible walls. They contacted Bruynzeel Storage Systems and asked if we would be interested in developing a prototype of a flexible furniture wall specifically adapted for urban living households.
This resulted in a collaboration between the three parties, where all companies contributed their expertise. Tengbom contributed with the design, Bruynzeel with the actual product development of the furniture wall, and OBOS had flats where we were able to test and use the product.
Start of the project
“It all started with the question of how we could create space that could be modified as and when needed by the users, answering their needs at home as well as at their jobs. It was also considered imperative to deliver a product that is both user-friendly and social sustainable,”
– Joao Pereira Head Architect at Tengbom
The market for smarter solutions for small living spaces is growing commensurately to the sustained growth of the world population and urbanisations. The future of housing in larger cities will change and homes will be a lot smaller. The available space is shrinking and urban living costs are consequently tremendously high.
“We see a demand for space-efficient flats and want to create flats in which floor space is optimized and that we can offer at a good price”
– Mathias Karlstad Development Manager at OBOS
From a sustainability perspective the effects of building smaller homes is also very positive, as smaller homes require less materials to build and less energy for heating or lighting.
“For me it is 100% clear that the majority of people will not be able to live and afford homes with a surface of 100 square metres or more in the future. If we can create spaces based on daily routines this won’t be needed any more. If this can be done while creating a spacious feeling, it will no longer be necessary for a lot of people to have these large houses!”
– Roland van der Velden, innovation manager at Bruynzeel Storage Systems
The Flexible Furniture Wall
The flexible furniture wall is a multifunction piece of furniture with several different applications. In this case, it is a movable furniture wall consisting of a bed, a dining area or a work area.
The furniture wall is a trackless mobile solution operated via remote control and a user interface. The concept will contribute to our daily activities by offering the space we need at a certain time of day. You can use the wall as a divider. In this case, you get one bedroom on one side and a smaller space on the other. Alternatively, you can open the bed and move the furniture wall to another wall, creating more space for other purposes during daytime when you don’t use a bedroom.
“We consider flats within closed fixed walls antiquated, and we need to create new and smarter solutions. I strongly believe that these concepts can result in new products and solutions for the future,”
– Joao Pereira, Head Architect at Tengbom