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For one student in three,the university years mean parties and new friends. For the other two, it’s a time of constant moves, more than the number recommended by the World Health Organisation.
Statistically, it’s happened to you too at least once, and it was probably the first time you had to deal with boxes, usually without the aid of lifts or professionals; and you found yourself regretting buying those four cacti a couple of weeks ago and completely filling the shelves of your bookcase.
Someone else who has often suffered the hassles of moving house - but who has been inspired by the experience - is designer Martin Gschwandtl. At Salone del Mobile, he presented his latest move-friendly creation: Out of Necessity, a range of furniture that’s easy to move, and that promises to last longer than your next rental contract.
Mindful of his misadventures, Gschwandtl’s first criterion in his furniture is compactness. And so his flat pack design makes objects easy to shift from one room to another… but also from one apartment to the next.
However, in spite of all the moves in store for them, the items in the Out of Necessity range are designed to last. They’re made in solid wood and steel, with particular attention to the design of joints, which are turned from potential weaknesses to points of strength in these foldable furnishings.
For the moment, Out of Necessity consists of just a clothes rack, soon appearing on the market at approximately $500 - not exactly in a student’s price range. But Martin is already thinking of expanding his collection of transportable furniture to include a table, a mirror and a bed. The clean lines and light colours are reminiscent of Scandinavian design, making these items classic and at the same time adaptable to the style of any apartment you might move into in the years to come.
Because as we know, the years pass, the house moves (unfortunately) don’t. Have you ever found, on moving house, that the sofa you chose so carefully just doesn’t look right in your new living room? To say nothing of the bedroom: when you finally manage to rebuild the wardrobe - having mislaid the screws somewhere along the way - you realise that it prevents the window opening properly.
In a home, unexpected events happen more often that you think - it might be a son or daughter turning up or a visit from your best friend from Australia. While you’re waiting for the new Out of Necessity furniture, don’t leave yourself unprepared; it might be an idea to invest in some good quality modular furniture.
Your home can be renewed along with you, retaining all the care and attention you put into it in the first place. And so the chest where you keep your design books can move without difficulty from studio to lounge, becoming the ideal island piece for your living area, even ready to accommodate your new house cat.
Meanwhile, if you find yourself a little stuck for ideas, not sure how to begin, the best option is always to consult a professional, like the ones made available by Mondadori and LOVEThESIGN, in their first package of dedicated services for the home. Architects and interior designers will come to your house to offer you the advice you need and help you to imagine a new space to inhabit - and, to fully live it, there’s the very best of interior design.
The valuable contribution of modular furniture and design and furnishing professionals guarantee the most important thing of all: to renew your space you no longer have to reinvent yourself.