Panels & Furniture Asia Mar/Apr 2018

PANELS & FURNITURE ASIA • Issue 2 • March / April 2018 FURNITURE MANUFACTURING 31 Cities may be expanding but our living spaces are now a fraction of what they used to be. Ewins is going big on this trend by going small. I t is hard to say how the world will look like in 2030. Going by current indicators, cities will burgeon alongside the middle class demographic. Consumption will increase, as will waste and global temperatures. Oxford Economics predicts that 750 cities around theworld will receive an influx of 410 million more people, exerting further pressure on the urban space crunch. By 2030, an additional 150million will join the ranks of above 65s with new demands on dignified living (or dying) and healthcare facilities. Governments in Singapore, Hong Kong and Tokyo have been dealing with these issues for decades, and will need to address them now, soon. These days, we live fast, but don’t die young. Our apartments are higher, but they don’t accommodate enough. Our parents want to enjoy life with their grandchildren but we want privacy. How can we have it all? Apparently we can, says Mark Yong, marketing director of Ewins. “Singapore is used to being small and compact. But what makes us different here is that we are house proud, we still want comfort and we like to invite friends over to show off,” he says. Ewins offers multi-functional furniture ranging from extendable tables to beds that double up as study desks. These products, marketed under the Roomier brand, exploit the tiniest corner and basically free up more areas for lounging. They can be designed, customised and installed at one go. Arguably, space-saving furniture are not new. Some years back, Swedish furniture giant Ikea launched a 100m 2 ‘apartment home’ at both showrooms in Singapore. Other players such as Spaceman, Space-Saving Furniture Systems and HWB also provide similar furniture for increasingly dense and impermanent living quarters.