While looking for solutions to the problem of lacking space in the UK, I remembered an exhibition I had previously visited this March at the Museum of Modern Art called “Applied Design”. The exhibition held design innovations for various industries. One that really stood out to me was the “Basic House” designed by Spanish artist Martín Ruiz de Azúa. The giant gold cube was designed to become a creative solution for the lack of space in citied, acting as a portable shelter.
Basic House very compact tent-like structure that is intended to be inflated with hot air from grates in the city sidewalks, and then stay inflated and heated inside with its reflective material. A later version of the “Basic House,” called ”Basic House II,” can be inflated with body heat or the sun alone and features reversible fabric to account for temperature.
As well as an effective solution for space congestion and portable home space, the eco-friendly ethos and simple space saving idea can be translated into other industries . For example a pop up space on a street corner, in a city centre or even a shopping space.
Smaller cities do not have as much access to bigger brands and a wide varieties of clothing in comparison to what is on offer in larger cities such as Birmingham, Manchester and London. A portable, interactive space could be a development from my current service . The updated service could bring shopping experiences to smaller cities that may not otherwise have access to more mainstream store.
” I have to travel up to London or Birmingham to get to most mainstream stores, as I live in a small town, and like to try clothes on before I buy them, it would be great to have a solution to this” – Zoe, 2o, Student, (small focus group).
References and Links :
- Photo Credit : Art in New York City: Museum of Modern Art (culturedujour.wordpress.com)
- Applied Design Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan) through January 31, 2014.
- A Home in Your Pocket for Wherever You May Roam (hyperallergic.com)