For the sake of extension of a house in Kagawa, Japan, architect Hironaka Ogawa had to make room by felling two trees. He then decided to use the same two trees as part of the decor of the house, giving it a very unusual yet charming look; although we’re sure the trees would disagree.
Het Arresthuis jail might not have been a most pleasant place for convicts who were sentenced and confined there, but the former jail has now been transformed into a hotel for those looking for novelty. Het Arresthuis jail started off in 1863 and was eventually closed in 2007, after which Dutch hotel group Van der Valk took over and transformed it into a boutique hotel where guests stay in former cells for inmates.
A satirical look at the concept of DRM, this chair intends to show the absurdity of the idea. Called DRM Chair, the creation of students at Swiss university ECAL calculates the number of times it has been sat upon using a sensor, and when the counter reaches eight, it goes into self-destruct mode. Joints in the chair are made of wax, which start to get heated by a nichrome wire once the number of intended uses is complete, and eventually heat it enough to make the wax melt and for the chair to fall apart.
Living someplace where it snows cats, dogs, donkeys and elephants, it might sometimes be necessary to create objects that are way different from the way most of the world sees things. Most countries wouldn’t bother with a heated bridge, there’s practically no use. But in snowy Sweden, architecture firm Erik Andersson Architects created a heated pedestrian bridge where the heat works to melt away the snow.
At the very base of German design studio Böwer‘s Wooden Carpet is a sheet of durable textile. On this sheet are arranged wooden pellets and tiles in a way that they are independent of each other, yet work together for form and function. Owing to this arrangement, the carpet can be laid flat on a floor like every carpet should be, or you could arrange it into a three dimensional form which would be interesting, although with debatable use.
Russian designer Vadimm Kibardin‘s levitating wireless mouse seeks to address the problem of issues like carpal tunnel syndrome that can plague those who use the mouse constantly and continuously. It does so in the fashion of levitating that we all can admire.
Russia’s president Vladimir Putin wasn’t quite happy seeing the administration move around in BMW and Mercedes cars, therefore he asked Russia’s automakers to come up with a car suited for him. Russian automaker Zil came up with a concept in the shape of Zil-4112P (pictured at top), but it didn’t find favor with the president.
Chocolate lamp by Alexander Lervik is built up on the concept of light versus dark, which we thinks works very well with the mix of an electric bulb covered in a lamp shade of chocolate. It’s a light that gives no light at all, until the heat from the bulb starts to thaw the chocolate that slowly melts and moves to the container at the bottom, while the melting chocolate exposes the bulb that shines through.
Convertible Sofa from Julia Kononenko goes the road to transforming furniture with a number of transformations under its belt. It lives its life as a sofa with a wooden casing with multi-colored cushions, but can as easily transform into a dining table with six chairs.
Sitting quietly in the solitude afforded to it by San Juan Islands of Washington, this house does what most houses couldn’t even dream of. Shadowboxx house from architecture firm Olson Kundig can well employ its ability of transformation to very well change its look. It can morph to different shapes depending on the requirements of those residing and adjust to external changes over the course of time.