Nomadic Interiors: Travel with a Hotel Room on Your Back

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Fashion, travel and interior design come together in a series of wearable furnishings commissioned by the Textielmuseum in the Netherlands. Created for an exhibition that examines a century of textiles in Dutch interiors, the collection by Studio Makkink & Bey presents the designers’ interpretation of the ‘rooms of the future,’ wherein furniture is detached from physical space.

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The series is both a celebration of the striking minimalism of Dutch textiles, and a commentary on the disconnect between ‘ideal interiors’ and what most people are able to realistically afford. This collection of nomadic interiors is part of a larger exhibition taking  a look at the usage of fabric in Dutch households in seven distinct time periods over the past 100 years. The designers displayed fashionable, magazine-spread-worthy ideals contrasted by images of real single-room dwellings inhabited by working-class families of the time.

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Studdio Makkink & Bey clearly envisions a future in which settling into a comfortable long-term home is no longer the norm, and people must be prepared to move their belongings to a new location at any moment. The series of easily transportable furnishings includes ‘vouwplats,’ a knit mattress that can be used as a chair when rolled up, supported by a wooden frame that makes it wearable like a hiking pack.

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‘Warmtekleed’ is a wooden basket containing a combination rug/tablecloth. When turned upside down with the handles out, it becomes a table or stool. And in case the people living in this somewhat dystopian future still have the luxury of caring about privacy, there’s also ‘Vensterlicht,’ a flexible room divider that folds up like an umbrella.

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It may not be as compact and lightweight as modern camping equipment, but the series makes an interesting case for portable furnishings fit for a traveler’s lifestyle in any era.

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