LifeEdited: What We Can Learn From Camping Equipment


TreeHugger founder Graham Hill is trying to radically reduce his footprint and live happily with less space, less stuff and less waste on less money, but with more design. He calls it "LifeEdited." The project starts as a crowdsourced design contest on Jovoto; So far, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Strida and Voltaic Systems are on board as a sponsors. Help us find more sponsors of the LifeEdited competition by forwarding ideas and/or contacts to life.edited@mutopo.com

There is a lot to learn from camping equipment. Most kitchen stoves weigh in at a couple of hundred pounds of steel and take up 5 square feet of space, or over 1% of Graham's apartment. Yet Warren has shown us a stove that weighs less than an ounce. It is perhaps a bit minimalist, but what happens when you think of living like you are camping at home? It particularly makes sense when you have a sixth floor walkup.
Snowpeak

Why do camping equipment designers make pots and pans that all stack together and take up the space of only the largest pots, while a regular pot and pan set takes up an entire drawer?

Coleman makes a kitchen that folds into a suitcase; I wrote in our post:

I can see someone getting away with this in small spaces; instead of having to devote permanent space to the kitchen, one can just open it up when they need it. Or perhaps there should be a more elegant version for New York apartments where cooking is such a rarity that it might as well be in the closet rather than taking up space.

At ICFF this year, SnowPeak displayed an entire cooking and dining setup. At a furniture fair, not a camping show. They appear to understand that fundamentally, what works outside can serve a purpose inside as well.

It's not a new idea; the British officers travelled with campaign furniture that was just like the stuff at home, but folded up to almost nothing. It has been described as "attractive design wedded to functionality", a definition that fits well in a LifeEdited.


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View our slideshow here. Help us lead a charge to slash our footprints by embracing simpler, more satisfying, financially smart lives. So far, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Strida and Voltaic Systems are on board as a sponsors; help us find more sponsors of the Jovoto crowdsourced LifeEdited competition by forwarding ideas and/or contacts to life.edited@mutopo.com
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