No room at home to work? No room for a kitchen? No room for Great Aunt Ethel to stay?
His three designs, a foldaway office, kitchen and guest room offer a neat solution to limited space, or as the website suggests in charming Engrish: “We positions the infill as an immediate adaptive method to fit changes”. But of course. Confused? Watch the video:
And before you start lamenting that this is just one more in a long line of design prototypes, all nice and shiny on screen but sadly absent in the real world… Stop. Right. Now.
Because the Foldaway Office is on Amazon, you lucky people! Although it is only available in Japan, it’s 800,000 Yen, and the translatorbot seems to think it’s a collapsed frog…
Student landlords take note – buy a brace of these and you could increase your student-per-room ratio tenfold!
It seems like Halloween may have come early given the ghostly goings-on at one Nottinghamshire mansion.
Now I doubt I’ll be saying this too often, but surely you’ve got to pity the poor millionaire who bought the 52-room pile (for a cool £3.6 million) in the belief he’d be breaking a sweat in the exclusive gym, enjoying the delights of a private cinema and sharing the 17 bedrooms with just his wife and four kids.
But apparently some unwelcome guests (of the spectral variety) weren’t too keen when it came to the new inhabitants, as they terrorised Anwar Rashid and his family for the eight months they managed to stick it out at Clifton Hall.
From eerie voices, to shapeshifting phantoms taking the form of their children, when the distraught family discovered spots of blood on their baby’s blanket they knew it was time to get the hell out of Dodge.
Mr Rashid told The Independent: “That was the day my wife said she’d had enough. We didn’t stay that night. It was the last straw, we felt they had come to attack us. It was really emotional.”
And who were they gonna call? Er- the bank it would seem. They did try some ghostbusters first though, in the form of the Ashfield Paranormal Investigation Network, who agreed that the mansion- which dates back to the Norman conquest- was indeed creepy and haunted.
But Mr Rashid felt that the only way out of the nightmare scenario was to stop paying the mortgage. That was back in January.
It’s now September and the bank has evidently taken the hint and repossessed – oh the irony!- the paranormal property. Knight Frank has been given the job of marketing it.
Good luck with selling that on. Of course, there’s still the ghost of a chance some ghoul-loving moneybags will take on the haunted house. And in the current climate what better ammunition for driving a bargain?
Have you ever fallen victim to things that go bump in the night? Would you willingly move into a property already occupied by some spooky spirits? Would it make a difference if they were friendly (like Casper) or the price was too good to resist? Let us know what you think.
We like clever designs at FindaProperty. And we like smart, green ideas. So when a marriage of the two comes to our attention, we like to share the joy.
Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we bring to your attention the Can Can Chair, a regal looking affair (albeit toytown-sized) that is made entirely from recycled drinks cans.
Okay, so we admit that the fuchsia hue and celestial winged pattern might not be to everyone’s taste.
And it doesn’t look like the most comfortable piece of furniture ever made although it’d probably do your posture the world of good.
But given that its designer was Laurence Llewelyn–Bowen, the foppish, long-haired fellow from Changing Rooms, maybe we should just be grateful that it doesn’t come in a garish shade of purple.
Flamboyant Laurence, who was responsible for some of the most outlandish makeovers seen on the TV series – and the ensuing anguish – seems to have left controversy behind with this nifty idea which demonstrates how recycling and design can work together.
Even better, come next year when vivid pink thrones will be soooo last year, the chair can be melted down and used to create something completely new. Clever, huh?
Laurence’s recycled chair will be auctioned off later in the year with all proceeds going to charity.
Consider this. It’s 1952. You live in Boswell, British Columbia, and you’ve spent 35 years working as a mortician in the local funeral parlour.
Now it’s time to retire. But how are you going to make the most of your twilight years?
David H. Brown could have spent them trout fishing in the local lakes, but instead he decided to wander around western Canada collecting empty embalming fluid bottles from his friends in the funeral business.
Empty embalming fluid bottles? Yes. You read that right. And when he’d collected half a million of the square-shaped bottles, he used them to build himself a house. As you do.
The end result – a bizarre crennelated retreat – is certainly impressive, not least when you consider that this kind of thing was probably enough to get you sectioned back in the 1950s.
Brown, as far as we know, managed to escape the attentions of the local nurse Ratched, and left to his own devices he built something that’s half eco-home, half macabre artistic installation.
The house is still a private residence, but according to that great gazetteer of stateside weirdness, RoadsideAmerica.com, it’s open to the public in the summer.
If I ever make it to BC I’ll be sure to pay a visit … as an added bonus, the world’s largest standing cuckoo clock is just down the road in Kimberley. It features “Happy Hans,” who yodels enthusiastically every hour.
A house made from embalming fluid bottles and Bavarian timepieces that yodel: now that’s what I call perfect holiday happiness.
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