Olivia Lee Designer Of Future Proof Furniture Designs – Athena Collection incorporates furniture designs to help face everyday technology problems. Perfect for millennials?
Singaporean industrial Designer Olivia Lee graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2008 with First Class Honours and soon established herself on the international scene. Her studio works hard to deliver a combination between art, design and experience, getting its inspiration from the human condition. And they certainly manage.
Olivia Lee Designer is especially known for her ability to communicate complex ideas, creating sensitive resonant work. Her inspiration for the Athena Collection lays within the world of technology we live in today, trying to adapt her furniture designs to face the problems that the new technologies have been creating in our everyday lives.
From a vanity table that is optimized for selfies and a tactile rug that helps you avoid walking into walls while playing virtual-reality games, many other objects were presented by the designer at this year’s Milan Design Week.
The goal was to produce products that would be “future-proof” rather than technology incorporated items, meaning they wouldn’t require software updates and could adapt to future generations of gadgets. Olivia wanted to approach the idea of a smart home, providing new solutions through a very analogue way.
“It’s purely a revision and an evolution of familiar archetypes to keep up with our digital needs.”
The Athena collection consists of a vanity, rug, acoustic panel system and tray tables in various predominantly pastel shades. The largest piece, the Arena rug, is designed to foster virtual-reality gaming, preventing gamers to bump into walls and getting physically hurt while playing.
Another incredible furniture design is the Alter Vanity, created to be used with a set of table accessories, it incorporates a mirror, smartphone holders and a “glorifier” for displaying personal possessions. This piece solves the busy morning issues we all have, helping multitaskers to perform several tasks while getting ready in the morning. And if you’re a Youtuber, this is a must!
The final designs in the collection are the Emblem acoustic system which can be pulled from the wall for temporary seating during a party, and the Dais tray tables that provide a work surface for people who like to shuffle between their floor, sofa and bed.