These ten abandoned places from around the world are not only historical in nature, but some (if not all) are also heartbreaking. Especially when considering the causes of their abandonment. A few look like they could be occupied
Although Velcro is generally thought of as a utilitarian–albeit noisy–fastener, Luis Eslava saw the hook and loop as a sort of art medium. In vibrant red, it makes a gorgeous lampshade.
In classic white, it makes one interesting room divider.
New from Uncommon Goods is this sliver of a Grandfather Clock ($120). Made of pine and finished in a dark walnut stain, the concept puts a modern spin on a traditional–and bulky–piece.
The Elastico Bookcase ($110) by Arianna Vivenzio is made out of an ‘elastomeric’ band that is wrapped around two metal pegs which are in turn secured to the wall. The band’s tension will form to any shape. Interesting: absolutely. Trustworthy: not so sure.
Designer John Nouanesing’s Fix It On The Wall Furniture is a piece of art and, when you need it, a coffee table and four cushions, and I’m thinking it’s DIYable. Picture it, you fabricate your cushions, table top and legs, and then you trace their images on a piece of plywood. (Maybe even sandwich two together to get some depth.) You cut out their shapes with a jigsaw and then apply that to another piece of plywood. A couple coats of paint and...
Also known as the ‘Shy Plant’, ‘Humble Plant’, ‘Sleeping Grass’, ‘Touch-Me-Not’, ‘Sensitive Plant’ and ‘Modest Princess’, the Mimosa pudica reacts to touch as if it is indeed ‘shy’. Native to South and Central America, it’s actually now considered a ‘pantropical weed’. Still, its reaction to touch makes it a bit more anthropomorphic than your basic potted pathos. Want a Tickle Plant of your own? You can order seeds from ticklemeplant.com. After...
Designer Satina Turner has created a unique shelf to hold your hardcovers. Canadian House & Home took it one step further and added a tray, an alarm clock and a petite vase of flowers to make a lovely and interesting bedside table. The Flybrary Shelf is available through Umbria.com for a rather reasonable $26.50. Via Poppy Talk.
Photo courtesy of Canadian House & Home
Floating Castle, Ukraine (photo credit: Microscopiq.com)
Cactus House, Rotterdam, Netherlands (photo credit ucxarchitects)
Cube House, Rotterdam, Netherlands (photo courtesy of kubuswonig.nl)
Wozoxo Apartments, Amsterdam-Osdorp, Holland (photo...
Made of discarded paper left over from the pleated fabric industry, the Cabbage Chair by Nendo is basically tightly rolled paper. Much as a cabbage, the paper layers are pealed back one at a time creating a cushy tuffet. In its original production, resin was added to the paper, which gives it strength, but with no internal structure, it might be best left as an art piece. Via.