Smart airplane seating, cyber funerals, food as medicine.
–EcoLogicStudio explores bio-digital architecture and the fabric of life with living sculptures for an exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Designboom reveals.
–Onward, a new “breakup concierge” platform, offers services like packing and apartment searching to help with life after a split. Via Well + Good.
–Airbus and design agency Layer are reimagining the airplane seat with smart fabric and customizable options that monitor passenger movement and temperature for a more comfortable flight, shares Wallpaper.
–Wired investigates the growing trend of cyber funerals as the newest way to protect personal information in the digital age.
–Time explains how consumers are turning to food as a health treatment.
–Refinery29 launched Life Begins At, a new initiative that “aims to shift attitudes and shape a new image around aging to combat redundant perceptions,” writes Campaign Live.
–The Independent explores how fashion shows are becoming more political.
–Dezeen describes a new cafe in Vancouver that was designed as an imaginary den for a pet fox, channeling whimsy and old world charm. For more on modern renaissance interiors, see trend #50 in The Future 100: 2019.
–A new bank account encourages users to shop at responsible businesses, announces Fast Company.
–US airlines are working towards an improved culture of inclusivity and diversity with new gender options for non-binary travelers, says Conde Nast Traveler.
–Expensive foreign brands are falling out of favor with Chinese consumers, who are instead opting for cheaper domestic options, shares Nikkei Asian Review. For more on grass root brands in Asia, see trend #39 in The Future 100: 2019.
Main image of H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxathin.g by ecoLogicStudio, ©NAARO