Everyday Inspiration: Taking the Slow Way Home

Everyday Inspiration: Taking the Slow Way Home

Gregory Han
Jul 14, 2008

Where do you find design inspiration? Sometimes it can be found in the mundane, everyday items that we usually take for granted. I've long been admiring tramcars, a mode of transportation I take almost daily. The trams in Hong Kong have been transporting people across the island for over a century. Lumbering down the tracks, the tram is usually the slow choice for getting where you want to go; but at just HKD 2.00 (about US$ 0.25) it's the most economical...

I love the tram; on fine, cooler days, travelling with the windows open allows a breeze to pass through the tramcar, cooling the air naturally. I feel especially lucky if the tram I board is an older model, fitted with lovely caned seating and wood-frame windows and detailing. Given the opportunity, I would love to rip one of the two seaters right off the tram and carry it straight home to my dining room. For now, I'll have to settle with enjoying the tram furniture in situ, taking the slow way home.


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