The future cannot be defined. Seeing from the timeline, the future is constantly being washed into the past. So when it comes to expressing the future by space, it will be blind if the future is simply understood as a game with time. Changing the point of view, you will find that to describe the future, the core is to integrate both the changes and unchanged.

Panorama of interior public space

The same is true of science and technology. Deliberately emphasizing the existence of science and technology will create opposition between technology and people. Therefore, at the beginning of building the Next Nest, we took “technology as air” as the basic principle of design.

Materials such as aluminum plate, cherry wood and brushed copper are used to sort out the relationship between modules, achieving different expressions in a unified space

The sofa, desk, kitchen cabinet, bedroom, TV wall, shower room, air-conditioning unit and even doors have been disassembled into modules and then optimized: the desk becomes the only control center of the whole house, the TV wall hides the intelligent control module, the three separation doors are replaced by electric rotating wardrobe… After the upgrade, each module is no longer a simple functional item, but a component of the architecture with an aesthetic sense of form.

View of living room from apartment entrance
Living room

The living room is next to the working area. The TV wall hides the intelligent control module.

The desk becomes the only control center of the whole house.

Small bar and bookshelf in working area

In terms of design logic, we propose the MOD mode, which is interpreted as two levels of meaning: module & modification. The concept of module regards appliances and furniture as part of a modular architecture, and gives these modules formal aesthetics in a post-modern approach. While modification refers to integrating intelligent functions into classic forms of furniture in a freer way based on the owner’s characteristics, to achieve compound aesthetics.

The three separation doors are replaced by an electric rotating wardrobe, serving as a part of the modular architecture

Most of the time, intelligent life means changing the common way of command by replacing fingers with voice and body movement. This requires people to adapt to intelligence. But what we’re thinking about is the correlation between the change in intelligence and the change in life. By thinking of the two aesthetically, we pursue building a more advanced relationship.

With the help of the ZEALER, this vision became possible. The deeper integration of intelligence forms a sense of purification with no switch, a full induction system, and light and music following. After getting rid of the shackles of strong and weak electricity, it is possible to realize concept and form before function.

No switch and a full induction system help to create a sense of purification of light following

The introduction of materials such as aluminum, cherry wood and brushed bronze reorganizes the connection between modules and reach different expressions in a unified space. The non-existence of technology and intelligence becomes the communication code of the relationship between people and each module.

Stone and aluminum plates are used in the open bathroom.

The aluminum plate of the toilet and the walnut wood of the wardrobe achieve different expressions in the unified space.

In the choice between aesthetic supremacy and functional supremacy, we choose the former. As mentioned above, we seek to break some kind of antagonistic relationship instead of further dividing technology and human and think about them together from the perspective of aesthetics so as to reshape people’s cognition of intelligence and life. Changing is eternal, and we see it as the future; Constant is also eternal, and we see it as the aesthetics of life.

Details of interior ventilation, lighting and brushed copper

About Designer


Founder of Hangzhou Kansi Decoration Design Office

President of Interior design Institute of Pan City Group

Secretary General of CIID Hangzhou Designer Center

Consultant of Hangzhou Young Designers Association

Hangzhou Kensi Decoration Design Office

Since its establishment in 2003, it has been committed to multi-dimensional aesthetic expression. Its works have been selected for various awards and books at home and abroad. CIID Hangzhou council unit.

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