Moving house will be easier
Living and working will be highly interlaced, much more individualised, flexible and decentralized in the mid of the 21st century, which makes it necessary to create conditions and environments that are equally flexible and dynamic. Manufacturers will need adaptable, versatile materials that can be recycled and reused in ecologically sensible ways. Modular, recyclable and variably designed paper and board packages can serve as role models for modular, convertible room concepts and furniture. Standardized wall and furniture modules that can easily be adapted to changing needs and situations will make it much easier to move house or change one’s job in future. Paper and board packages with printed electronics are used for logistics and communication in decentralized, interconnected production units.
Premises for 2050
Highly individualized living and housing environments require furniture that can be moved easily,
- Solutions for more flexible room concepts, sliding walls, new utilisation concepts for expensive urban housing.
- Numerous remotely controllable, smart or autonomous functions (energy conservation, temperature control, energy generation in shaded areas, higher power consumption in off-peak times).
- Flexible room concepts/modules for increasingly interlaced work and living.
- Dynamic and flexible employment contracts, new management and organisational concepts, collaborative forms of work, increasing and continued automation
- Growing integration of reactive and versatile systems in production: change from centrally controlled factories to decentralized smart units.
Ideas directly related to paper until 2030
- Paper furniture: mobile furnishings made of paper and board for homes and offices – robust and stable, lightweight, inexpensive, recyclable and based on renewable resources.
- Modular flats: adaptable, modular environments for variable living and working situations – sliding walls, partitions and other modules made of paper and board; flexibly designed, integrated housing and work spaces.
- Intelligent accessories: wall papers, curtains, blinds and shutters with temperature and moisture control or air-conditioning functions, made of recyclable, renewable materials.
- Paper homes: complete modular systems made of paper, paperboard and board for frequent moves or as lightweight, but highly robust emergency shelters for disaster areas.
- Computer cases: lightweight and inexpensive PC or notebook cases etc. made of recyclable, renewable materials.
Ideas indirectly related to paper
- Multi-functional furniture: chairs that can be turned into beds or tables, desk becomes bed – flexible furnishings for space-saving home and office solutions, adaptable to changing needs and situations; potential new markets for paper converters; R&D demand: fireproof finishing of paper materials for furniture applications.
- Furniture kits: walls and partitions for variable room structures, flexible extensions or size reductions necessary because of age or changing circumstances, shifting importance of work/living, homes for single persons or groups/families; potential new markets for paper converters; R&D demand: fireproof finishing.
- Thermal insulation circuits: energy-saving indoor climate control/air conditioning systems that respond to changes in outdoor weather conditions; comfortable room climate for each individual occupant; research demand: paper-based storage media; also conceivable: switchable acoustic insulation components.