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Editor's Corner


I invite you to imagine a future where much of what we know about the process of selling furniture is replaced by the evolution of AI, biometric technology, neuroaesthetics and sleep science. It’s a future where interior design and furniture retailing are known for enhancing personal health and well-being while still considering customers’ personal preferences, budget, delivery and other present-day considerations.

Let’s follow Sara and Jim from Riverside, Iowa, as they shop for new bedroom furnishings. Their search starts at Tarjet’s Biometric Gallery™ located in nearby Coralville. Tarjet’s store display, branding and merchandising is well known for its biophilic and neuroaesthetic design (see article in this Furniture World issue), as well as for incorporating principles of neuromarketing and the science of sleep.

Prepare: Sarah and Jim get ready for a store visit by asking their GPT version23-enabled Apple Vision Pro-16 wearables to measure their physical responses to their somewhat worn bedroom furnishings—heart rate, blood pressure, GSR, cortisol levels and brain scan. The purpose is to get baseline emotional and physiological readings. Sara’s wearable also ‘sketches’ the room, takes inventory of its contents and creates a detailed 3D model.

Qualify: Upon entering Tarjet’s gallery, the couple is greeted by room consultant Shirley who asks permission to use their personal information, including sleep history data, before linking Jim and Sara’s wearables to the store’s proprietary software. She asks them questions, including style preferences, health complaints, room use and budget considerations.

Present: As Sara and Jim walk through the gallery, their wearables collect data about their emotional and physical responses to the displays/products, score likely health benefits for each display/product, then integrate that data with the information previously shared with Shirley, who stays with them as a guide and product expert.

Close: Moving to the store’s design center, replete with fabrics and options, Shirley asks GPT-23 to generate initial good, better and best room plans based on the collected data, shared data, Tarjet’s inventory situation and maybe its margins. GPT-23 makes modifications based on Sara and Jim’s questions and concerns—perhaps about styles/colors, cost, health benefits, sustainability, financing or a need to complete the room over time.

Result: Then the couple either buys or asks for her card. The latter result is something even technology may never be able to change!

Wishing you good retailing,

Russell Bienenstock
Editorial Director/CEO

Russell Bienenstock is Editor-in-Chief of Furniture World Magazine, founded 1870. Comments can be directed to him at editor@furninfo.com.