Camouflaging The Urban Ugliness

Urban camouflage by Roeland Otten

Today, it was Dutch designer Roeland Otten that made our day! Starting in 2009 in Rotterdam, until his most recent intervention in Amsterdam, the designer has been ‘dressing’ the walls of concrete, inelegant urban infrastructures (such as an electricity station or an air-quality measuring station) with photographs. Either in the form of sleek, big, high resolution photographs which create an optical illusion of invisibility and transparency or in that of small colored tiles that form a pixelated resemblance of the urban environment behind them the designer manages to conceal some ugly parts of the city.

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  • BEEBOX Transforms Empty Floors Into Flexible Co-Working Spaces

    BEEBOX Mobile Office

    Since our first article about flexible interior units, four years ago, plug-in concepts have become more relevant than ever. Nevertheless, we’ve seen none of them really hit the market. The BEEBOX mobile office may be one of the first interior ideas fit for large-scale production. Designed by Amsterdam-based office Buro Beehive and produced by Fiction Factory, the BEEBOX is able to easily transform an empty floor into a comfortable, all-in-one workspace.

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  • Cocooning Made Easy With Bubble Furniture

    Cocoon 1 by Micasa Lab

    Ain’t this a great piece of furniture? Designed by Zürich-based Micasa Lab, the ‘Cocoon 1′ aims to meet the human need for shelter, for survival against nature, for solitude among people or against people or for defining the different functions in our lives. It’s not an ordinary furniture piece — the interesting thing is that the transparent bubble creates a new space.

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    Vintage Campers For Birds

    Vintage camper bird house by Jumahl

    Design for animals is hot. Over the last years we’ve encountered loads of projects that extend design principles to the world of animals. Sometimes to improve living conditions for animals or help to preserve a species, sometimes because a designer bird house is prettier to look at. This is another example. Wood-worker Jumahl sells home-made birdhouses on Etsy. The houses are inspired by campers of the 1940s and 1950s, and can definitely decorate your garden.

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