The word “post-” gets tacked on to a lot of things these days. Flip through a journal or, more likely, read a blog and you’ll discover we’re living in a post-modern, post-feminist, post-analogue, post-heteronormic, post-human world. Or something like that. And according to Resource Furniture, we could well be living in a post-bedroom world too.
Now available at BRU Living in Tsim Sha Tsui, 12-year-old Resource Furniture could be the last word in space-saving home furnishings. Founded by Ron Barth and Steve Spett, the duo’s driving philosophy is to “redefine the way consumers and designers think about space.” In an age of rising property prices, increasing urbanisation and shrinking flats, none of us has much of a choice but to do just that. First-time homebuyers with budget constraints have to get creative with the 400 square feet they can afford.
You really have to see them in action to fully comprehend how ingenious Resource’s space-efficient designs are (BRU is happy to demonstrate, and Resource’s website has a range of video demos). The basic concept of the Murphy bed has been tinkered with just enough to remove the groan-inducing dread of actually pulling it out of the wall. Tables, desks, sofas and shelves have been worked into the fundamental Murphy designs so that the function residents want most when they’re not sleeping is an option. Are you a home entertainer? Try the Ulisse Dining system. Work from home? Go for the Ulisse Desk. Either way you get a queen-sized bed if so desired.
Resource Furniture also designs and manufactures a range of so-called normal items, from beds to sofas and a complete range of office gear, but it’s the space saving items that are most eye-catching. The Ulisses are the tip of the iceberg: the LGM systems are a combination of cabinetry and shelves (and tables in the LGM Tavolo) where the entire unit spins 180 degrees to reveal the bed. The Poppi systems can incorporate wardrobes, desks and even media centres — though it makes watching TV in bed tricky. In the Poppi Board the desk can be lowered to reveal a bed (if only these existed in university dorms) without removing any of the items on the desk — removal being the thorn of any home office worker or student’s side. Getting one’s desk personalised according to individual organising logic is sacrosanct, and not having to repeat it everyday is one of the arguments in favour of dedicated home offices or studies.
Ultimately it comes down to space. The New York-based Resource also has showrooms in Canada, and while a flat in Manhattan or Toronto could be on the small size, “small” is a relative concept in Hong Kong. The hydraulics of Resource’s systems are what make moving traditionally cumbersome furniture around so effortless; most rooms can be transformed in about 30 leisurely seconds. For homeowners blessed with more space, extra bedrooms can become general multi-function rooms instead of unused guest rooms. Resource’s furnishings don’t come cheap — the majority of its products are designed and manufactured in Italy by CLEI — but if a carefully selected HK$75,000 system means purchasing a flat costing $1 million less it pays off in the long run. And if that weren’t enough, Resource’s moveable modules look really cool.