Archive for September 2011

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A Caravan That Can Navigate Shallow Waters: The Sealander


In case you ever wanted to go camping on water, here is a practical idea. The Sealander, designed by German industrial designer Daniel Straub, is a recreational trailer with amphibious features. Which means it can take you places on land, but also on water. Seen on NOTCOT, the unusual vehicle was built using glass-fiber enhanced materials and a waterproof transportation system, which allows it to literally float on the water. It is also equipped with an external motor, so no rowing is needed. By the time this ingenious design gets on the market, you will be able to camp both on water and dry land. We particularly like the fact that the roof can come off, allowing the users to enjoy the sky at night. The Sealander will be available in 2012 and it is estimated to cost around 12.000€. Have a look at the presentation video below to see this lovely amphibious caravan in action.





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Fun and Versatile: Shape-shifting Sofa by Alexander Rehn


Swiss designer Alexander Rehn designed the intriguing Cay Sofa concept, a furniture item that is said to anticipate the user’s movements. According to Gizmodo, the shape-shifting sofa is made up by using ingeniously placed hinges that make it adapt to the various positions of the person sitting on it. This means each time the user moves, the sofa changes its appearance also, following the natural curves of the human body. Some people resembled this piece with a giant origami, which is not far away from the truth. After all, the sofa twists, turns and unfolds according to the user’s “commands” . We’ve also added the official presentation film below. Be sure to have a look at the product in action and tell us how you appreciate the design of this revolutionary shape-shifting sofa.



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Lovely Twin 20sqm Apartments with a Clever Design


We received a creative project from designer Astrid Sangil which involved the designing of two small twin apartments, each of them with a living area of 20 square meters. Be sure to have a look at the last photo of the post for a general idea! Here is the project description we were sent: “Two side by side 20sqm condominium units, one client, two different approaches to a design problem. The limited space and the limited budget posed as a design challenge for interior designer, Astrid Sangil. One unit would be used by the client while the other unit would be rented out. Two small 20sqm units, two different solutions. The first 20sqm provided high contrasts in colors and forms. A patterned wallpaper on the accent wall served as a backdrop to the clean lines of the sofa bed. The beam and dropped ceiling were painted in an intense shade of green to serve as a punch of color while the walls were painted in stark white to emphasize the glossy black cabinets.







Who said small space meant small ideas? The designer used the client’s chic style and delicate sensibilities as a starting point for the design. A french provincial cottage then became a suitable inspiration for the client’s own unit. Lavender flowers, minty cool stripes, louvered cabinet doors and wooden furniture painted in white all combined to create a fresh and French feel to the unit“.





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Small Holiday Home With a Clever Layout and Lovely Surroundings


The first word that comes to mind when looking at this beach house is “lovely”. You could also go with “cute” or “dreamy”, you would get it right either way. Beach Haus is located in Burton Bradstock, Dorset, United Kingdom (about a three hour drive from London) and is surrounded by a large private garden and national trust meadows. Moreover, the building has access to footpaths leading to the beach. This means privacy is not to be questioned. The layout is practical, modern and provides an overall comfortable living space. Structured on three floors, you are looking at a home plan that intelligently maximizes the beautiful coastal views. The residence features four bedrooms (one of them facing the sea), three bathrooms, a delightful deck area overlooking panoramic views for recreation, a cinema room and many more. In case you are planning a holiday to explore the Jurassic coast, this house can accommodate up to 8 guests and is available for rent here.

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