One innovative way to approach problem solving when designing in any application is to look at the “function of form”. Some used to say, and still do, that “Form follows function”, however, in this day and age, where external materials are being utilised on internal applications, and internal spaces are merging with the great outdoors, It’s become far more prevalent that objects just aren’t what they were originally designed for.
Some innovative designers will use the one material to create a “form”, a centrepiece if you like, amidst the layers of surrounding “skins” that is uniform in fabric, bold in appearance, singular in “object” and more to the point a functional element. Creativity meets practicality, form becomes the function, and the space becomes the backdrop for a highly textured, and decorative “feature” element.
In summary, new materials are constantly being recycled in application or use, just as recycled materials find a new home and identity.
This concept has been around for a long time, but their never seems to be an end to the possibilities,
It is a “moulding” , or a discipline that you can apply when testing your ideas for your new home, and see what comes to light.