Encouraging people to lie down, relax or sleep is no longer the only vocation of a room. We also work there, we phone, we connect, we watch TV, we listen to music ... This piece became multifunction. It is empowering, individualized, fits on the desires and needs of each.
All in one: this is the principle that inspired the interior designer Maud Bury the creation, in 2012, of a room in which we could "do everything". Originally designed for the hotel sector, this room called "My Room Concept" is not a simple "room to sleep", but a space of 15 m2 in which we can receive, drink, eat, work, connect , change the decor on the walls ... Here, the customization to the extreme of the room, considering the needs of each, is a real added value.
A trend that we find today even in the luxury rooms, where everything is designed so that the customer feels at home. But what about at home? Are we in the same waiting for tailor-made? Exceptional? Isolated isolated in the middle of others?
When the bedroom becomes a living room
"We are witnessing an empowerment of the chamber," says Guy Tapie, professor of sociology at the National School of Architecture and Landscape of Bordeaux. Between the TV, the laptop, the mobile phone, even the sofa that is also invited in the room, "it takes on the appearance of a studio", continues the author of Sociologie de l'Habitat Contemporaine (Ed. Parentheses).
The practices are individualized within the family unit. "You want your own space, with your own equipment to use when you want," said Guy Tapie. Moreover, the current housing design favors it: "We multiply the duplexes, the triplexes, to empower the inhabitants." At each generation his floor. Ideal for blended families. Each acquires a form of independence while being together. The room of one becomes his office in the afternoon, the room of the other his boudoir to receive or his room of projection. New functions that generate new furniture: multi-purpose tables, modular lighting ... And new equipment, with ubiquitous touch screens and mobile, to move from chair to bed in complete freedom. Wireless on the paw.
The bedroom takes on a new dimension
Another new role of the room: its opening on the bathroom. "If this is not yet generalized to housing, we see it in some hotels.This bias is a focus on the body, self, relaxation, wellbeing, details Guy Tapie. the bedroom, the bathroom becomes a more personal universe than before, with a focus on natural light, which is a way to stand out from an often stressful urban lifestyle. " Because we need space, space, openness. "The room has been enriched," says the sociologist, "it's easy to open on the bathroom, but also on a balcony, a terrace ..." The architect Didier Knoll adds to that the importance of a view. For him, it is the sine qua non condition to support living in a cocoon room and connected to the world. "Of course, the room must evolve and adapt to new technologies, but it must not become a cell in which one feels locked up, imprisoned," he says. Hence a need, always more asserted, to see "a garden, the sea, a horizon".
The room in a few figures
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