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We love designs for small spaces; that is why TreeHugger shows so many ideas for camping and trailers. We have shown hundreds of them, but the SwissRoomBox is possibly the coolest living-with-less idea since the Casulo apartment-in-a-box. It was just furniture; this is everything you need to cook, clean, wash and live, all out of the boot of your little Euro-wagon.
Springwise calls it " a portable modular living system which can be transferred from car to car."
The system -- which comes in a deep red as a nod to the equally innovative Swiss Army Knife -- enables its users to cook, eat, take a shower and sleep. By sliding the box-shaped units over each other, holiday makers can access a sink, hob, dining table, picnic table and chairs, a shower, and a double bed. The setup can be installed without any tools in 15 minutes.
Even the manufacturing is state of the art, all cut out with a CNC router.
The boxes are interconnected and installed in the back of your car and different components are pulled out as required; here is the kitchen, that comes complete with butane stove, storage, small fridge, a sink and water supply.
There appear to be many different ways to assemble it all; sometimes they show the dining table connected to the car and kitchen, sometimes detached and lower.
There is a shower, of course, (with a curtain that they have decided not to demonstrate here) and the specifications mention a toilet, although that is not shown.
It even has batteries that are recharged while the car is running, and inverters to turn it into AC. The designers note that the system costs a tenth of what a standard RV might, and it is a lot easier to store when you are not using it.
Last year I wondered What We Can Learn From Camping Equipment, noting that " It is perhaps a bit minimalist, but what happens when you think of living like you are camping at home? " Designers could learn a lot about living in small spaces from the SwissRoomBox.
We can also learn a lot from Jacques Tati, who did it 50 years ago.
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