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The Whole Room in a Box: Compact Furniture Collapsed!
(is there an extra dimension involved?)

Swedish artist Michael Johansson likes tight spaces and effective use of any available area; so much so, that he collapses computers, cars, furniture, trailers (you name it) into artistically arranged cubes - structures that are equally infuriating and pleasing to the eye:

(images credit: Michael Johansson, via)

You can't order this futuristic apartment from IKEA, but something tells us, this is indeed the future:

Bruce Willis in the "Fifth Element" might use one of this high-tech furniture walls in his tight living space:

Best use of under-the-stairs space ever! I'm envious:

Why bother parking when you can store your vehicles in a cube and then... well, you can forget about retrieving them later. But you can charge admission just to see this incredible structure. It is called "self-Contained" and consists of containers, a caravan, a tractor, a Volvo car, pallets, refrigerators, etc.

"Rubik's Kitchen" could be the dream of every housewife in need of extra storage space:

"Faded Memories" consists of the vintage TV / Audio equipment and other paraphenalia... it will definitely fit into your closet for future times of reminiscence and recollection:

Want to pack your recyclables? Here is the most compact solution (on the right is the obsolete computer hardware cube):

The whole room, compacted, might look like this - somehow, it seems that it can be compacted even further, but then the artistic factor might totally disappear (the homogenous cube is just not that interesting)... there has to be SOME amount of negative space, don't you think?

This is what a TETRIS room would end up looking, if the blocks would fall quickly, with many mistakes... Speaking of mistakes, Mana once said: "If Tetris has taught me anything, it's that errors pile up and accomplishments disappear". So true.

The "matryoshka doll" principle is clearly at work in this wonderful set of suitcases:

This arrangement seems cool, but it is however completely useless, as these "differently sized suitcases fit perfectly inside one another, and thus lose their original purpose."

See a lot more similar "stacked puzzle" projects at the artist's site.

Brave Space Design Tetrad Mega Shelving makes it's own "Tetris Furniture" statement:

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You've seen compacting done right. This is compacting done wrong:

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Well, this is actually an art piece by Eric Buell: a famous "crushed cube of metal".

And again, the wrong piece at the wrong time? Here is a clear "Tetris Architecture Fail" (seen in Czech Republic):

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Speaking of "falling blocks of Tetris", these ones have fallen into the Abercrombie Lane in Sydney - and nicely lit up the scene:

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But what if this compact furniture / art cube suddenly grows legs and heads to the streets?

(images credit: Emily Speed)

Emily Speed shows us how this R2-D2 (or Wall-E) similar creature can find its place in the urban environment. Imagine meeting this creation in the dark alley, being asked for a cigarette and a power boost!

This sculpture made and worn around Linz, Austria, is called "Inhabitant" and is all "about trying to find your own place or identity in a city and the representation of psychological space" - more here.

(images credit: Emily Speed)

The New Meaning to "Fitting Into Tight Spaces"

...can be appreciated from the works of Willi Dorner. Do not try it on your own - hanging between the building blocks upside down can be hazardous to your health! (see more here)

"Bodies in Urban Spaces" can be fit just about anywhere, and the space they occupy comes rent-free and close to all amenities:

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Blogger Phoebe Dancing Cat said...

My humans say someday I can have conceptual artist Christine Hill build me an entire cat dancer business in a trunk, like she did for other businesses.

I am not sure whether she should include ballet slippers or not, though. I would probably eat the ribbons.



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