This is pretty awesome There’s something nagging me though. It seems to be yet another “green” product/design that is only accessible to the wealthy. Who can really afford that level of design? And so, it turns out that while it’s a great idea, it’s not particularly effective at reducing consumption because barely anyone can afford to consume in this way. To me it’s both exciting and frustrating to see innovative (but seemingly untouchable) designs like this.
There’s a book out by William McDonough (which I admit I have yet to read, but keep reading *about*), who is attempting to revolutionize the way we use building materials AND the way we design spaces. His idea is that a project should be managed from “cradle to cradle” rather than from “cradle to grave.” He designs buildings that have pre-planned second and third iterations (from shopping mall to eventual, office space, to eventual living space, etc.). He also designs with materials that are affordable, recyclable, and sustainable. It’s “Cradle to Cradle,” if you’re interested. In fact, borrow my copy! The paper is made from recycled plastic
Then again, maybe I’m wrong and these “rolling rooms” will be in the next Ikea catalog? Does Ikea talk to non-blonde designers?
That IS a really good point, Becca. Additionally, it’s clearly a space designed for one person to use. Imagine if someone needed to take a bath while another needed to cook. Or the challenge of having guests over for a movie and someone needing to use the bathroom.
At any rate, I do think it shows real ingenuity, and who knows, maybe IKEA really could design rolling walls that allow a space to have multiple functions even if not to this extreme or of this aesthetic. I would love to see the book you’re talking about – can I borrow?