I suspect that living in smaller and smaller spaces is going to be the rule rather than the exception, as more people move to expensive cities. I think if that’s true, we need to think about how such spaces should be furnished.
Traditional furniture assumes a certain amount of room to move about. Those assumptions need to be challenged.
For example, this piece envisions a massive piece of furniture that combines a bed, storage and seating area into one (see below):
Or take this piece, which imagines everything within reach (see below):
I know, it’s not for everyone. But it may be the way things are going for many urban dwellers.
As I get older I get more attuned to this way of thinking: Why I Don’t Want a Bigger Home – Benefits of Small Space Living. Maybe in the near future we will all have smaller personal spaces and larger and more varied public spaces. If so, we will need different furnishings to accommodate this.
P.S. The links have many more images showing how these pieces of furniture look. Worth checking out.