The concept consists of a coffee table. It’s horizontal surface defines it’s primary function; an object to place other objects at a convenient height when seated. However, can a coffee table be valued for more than it’s utilitarian function?
With the rise of open plan interiors, furniture has slowly encroached upon the realm of what was traditionally architecture; the ability to define space. Fueled by digital design and new manufacturing capabilities, these small scale architectural inventions have blurred the line between furniture and architecture, transforming our living spaces with what we now call “Furnitecture”.
While the more utilitarian functions of architecture have been enthusiastically picked up upon by designers, historically architecture has had another important role; the ability to define culture. From the Neolithic Stonehenge in Wiltshire, to the Modernist Seagram Building in New York, architects have packed their creations with symbolism and meaning using language defined by the dominant culture of the era. Is it possible for “Furnitecture” to also define culture?