ICFF 2006: Mobile Living Opening Reception

ICFF 2006: Mobile Living Opening Reception

Maxwell Ryan
May 26, 2006

(More from Insta-Christine Capulong!)

Long lines, velvet rope, thumping music, crowded bar…. No, this was not the scene for a hip new club in the Meat-packing district, but rather for the opening reception of the Mobile Living Exhibition held in the Skylight Studios Gallery in Soho.

The design community and enthusiasts came in full force Sunday night to view the exhibit featuring futuristic mobile living concepts including Adam Kalkin's Push Button House,....

...new design of Airstream's travel trailers, Breckenridge's Perfect Cottage Recreational Trailer, Toyota's F3R Minivan concept car, and a vintage Buckminster Fuller Fly's Eye dome. Organized by Exhibitions International and International Design Network Foundation, the Mobile Living Exhibition will present concepts of a new type of nomadic lifestyle where people are constantly on the move.

Mobile homes, prefab homes, and temporary homes all address the need for new innovative methods of housing. The exhibit located at 275 Hudson Street (at Spring) is open to the public and will be running May 21-23 from 10AM- 8PM. Admission to the exhibit is $10.00 per person. www.mobile-living.com

The Gallery featuring works dealing with the mobile subject matter.

The Push Button House – A prefabricated shipping container that has motorized walls slowly open to reveal a space complete with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room.

People lounging inside a vintage 25 foot Buckminster Fuller Fly's Eye Dome.

PIMP MY MINIVAN…. Toyota's F34 concept car - This is not your typical momma's minivan. The design team capitalized on the fact that the younger generation hang out in their cars and use it as an area to socialize with friends.

This electric and gas hybrid car features a three row seat that can be configured to provide comfy lounge seating. Outfitted with two track-mounted video screens, passengers can watch movies, play video games, or go online with the car's wireless network. The car essentially becomes a living room away from home.

The Toyota F3R features floor panels made from Ecoresin, a specially formulated recyclable resin, and Mythos, a faux leather seating material that does not produce the harmful chemical dioxin when burned.

Also at hand was Breckenridge's Perfect Cottage. A prefab trailer home designed by Christopher Deam, measured 40 feet long, 12 feet wide and 13.6 feet high. Although much smaller than my one bedroom apartment, this contemporary designed single-wide trailer felt very comfortable and spacious. For only $56,000 (and a $3.00 delivery fee for each mile), you can get your very own one bedroom (with closets!), one full bath, living area with built-in storage, kitchen and dining space, and 4 pairs of sliding glass doors with remote controlled sun-shades. Go figure!

By: Christine Capulong – 3Little Monsters Design Group

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