A 12-meter-long Leolux Ponton and 14 sliding panels that allow you to define your personal space. And as you do that, the ambient noise you hear changes with it. The interactive installation 'Filter Family', developed by Leolux and Studio LONK, is a vision of the choices we will have to make about our living space in 2030.
There are many trends that influence the way in which we will live together in 2030. Filter Family lets you experience three of the most important developments: Liquid Times, Urbanisation and the arrival of the Synthetic Generation.
More and more people are moving to the city and the available housing is becoming increasingly scarce. Does this mean that we will have to imagine our future living space as a shared space? And if so, what do you want to share and what should remain private? The more personal space you claim, the less there is left for others, making the distribution of personal space a diverse force field.
In Filter Family, you can experience this through the sliding 'filters'. If you take up more space, it will be at the expense of others. You can feel this, see this and hear this because the soundscape changes as you move the panels.
The question is to what extent this 'sharing culture' is actually a burden on those who will be searching for living space in 2030. By then, we will be making more and more short-term decisions. In these liquid times, we are no longer so intensely concerned with the long term. We adjust our choices to the needs we have at that moment. We will adapt later on.
In the presentation, this development is reflected in the fact that the immense sofa is too big for any household. With the filters, you are constantly shifting the balance between privacy and social interaction. Do you want to stay in your own 'cocoon'? Or can't your living space be big enough now that you are in need of social contact?
A new generation will enter the housing market in 2030: the Synthetic Generation. For them, the differences between tangible and digital, or real and not real, are irrelevant. They 'filter' their reality. Authenticity does not necessarily have to be 'real'.
The moiré patterns on the Filter Family panels give you the opportunity to experience this filter feeling for yourself. The reality on the other side of the panel is filtered through the patterns. And the more filters, the more distortion. Or is it just a new liquid reality?
Studio LONK is a design agency specialised in 'spatial storytelling'. In their installations, visitors are literally placed in the middle of a subject. By appealing to different senses, Studio LONK creates an experience that stimulates thinking and debate. Without exception, the design is playful and 'bold', but also always the bearer of a larger story. Founded by Celine de Waal Malefijt (spatial designer) and Anna Dekker (sociologist), Studio LONK develops temporary interiors that align form and message.
What will our living environment look like in 2030? That is the question Leolux and Dutch Design Foundation want to answer. With this project, we want to explore the future, in a speculative, futuristic and experimental way. That's why, in the format of the What If Lab, we asked designers who have an affinity with interior design, living and our living environment how they would visualize this future.
For Leolux, the aim is to compare, study and discuss scenarios with the public, customers, dealers and relations. This allows us to investigate how these ideas fit in with the questions and wishes that they experience on a daily basis, and actively participate in the way in which we shape our environment in the future.
The creation of Filter Family was preceded by a lot of work. From the first selection of three studios to the presentation of the concepts, and from 'demo day' to the realization of the sofa and the installation. The pictures below give an impression of the route to 2030 ...
Initiated by: Leolux and Dutch Design Foundation
Concept and design: Studio LONK
Sound design and software: Mark IJzerman
Sound electronics: Jaromir Mulders
Moiré patterns: Daniël Maarleveld