Living without furniture it's possible, and also does very well

For some it was a reaction to the pervasive homogeneity derived from globalization, for others only one of the many "whims" of the Millennials. Whatever you want to understand, one thing is certain: we are in the era of customization, the era in which no one wants the same things that others have.

And if design celebrates the renewed demand for creativity, there are those who have taken a drastic decision: to give up furniture almost entirely. Even if in this case it seems that the reasons are of a different nature: being without furniture is good for your health.

A lifestyle free from furniture

Think of the time you spent choosing with great precision the sofa in your living room, the chairs that were comfortable enough, a large bed but not too big because of the space available, and of course you couldn’t give up your large closet.

Well, now imagine having to put aside one of these pieces, close it in the garage for a few months before abandoning it to its fate as a second-hand object or, worse still, bulky waste. And then to have to do it with everyone else. Does the idea just make you hurt?

This is exactly one (and perhaps one of the main) arguments of those who have courageously opted for the so-called furniture-free living, a lifestyle that is almost completely free from furniture: we become too attached to elements that should instead play a marginal role in our lives, and that are sometimes even harmful to our health.

But what's wrong with a sofa?

That's right: some people think that owning a sofa is bad for your health. Even if, as is easy to guess, the problem is not so much the sofa itself, as the way we understand it and make use of it. This is the fundamental assumption of the supply-free choice: furniture, instead of being a tool, a support for our everyday life, has ended up determining our lifestyle in a significant way.
Warnings about the risks of sedentariness, on the other hand, don’t sound like a new thing: work, car trips and home evenings, we spend a large part of our day sitting, and the hours we spend leaning against an object designed to support our body continue to increase as the vertiginous drop of the time we spend outside.

The question, then, is undoubtedly a real one. Can giving up chairs and sofas really be a solution?

The benefits of furniture-free living

Public transport, concerts and old cinemas have taught us this: if there are no seats, all you have to do is opt for standing ones. Thanks to this knowledge of experience, it is therefore not difficult to imagine how not having seats naturally induces you to move more and spend less time at home.
But the benefit is not limited to this, because giving up sofas and chairs does not mean giving up sitting: with a pillow or a yoga mat, you can use the floor as a support, finding yourself forced to movements to which, after childhood, we are hardly accustomed: bend, crouch, cross your legs, get up from the ground, thus making, without almost realizing it, the body much more flexible.

If we talk about sedentariness, then, we cannot fail to mention the problems caused by incorrect postures and those who have tried and then become promoters of a lifestyle that is furniture-free often highlight this reality.

Many of the objects that we have become used to sitting on have contributed to us sitting in unnatural positions, perhaps because of the way they have been designed or because of the way in which we use them, apparently they feel comfortable but over a long period of time they become harmful, especially to the back.

Sitting more in contact with the ground, perhaps replacing your table with a Japanese style one, would instead induce you to maintain a more upright posture that is not traumatic for your back. Mimicking a position that is typical of meditation and upon claims that sitting on the ground can even have the relaxing effect of a sort of "unconscious meditation".

The other advantages of a life free from furnishings have to do with mental well-being: a space that is as empty as possible is a space that does not need to be reordered frequently, a box without objects to worry about, precluded from stress and immune to any form of senseless and counterproductive material attachment.

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