by , 05/22/06

Sunday night we attended the Mobile Living event, which proved to be a smashing example of a well-conceived hybrid exhibition. The theme “mobile living” took a comprehensive view, including not just mobile homes, but cars (of which there were two new models on the floor), furnishings, and supposedly even apparel, though we didn’t see it.

The centerpiece of the room was Bucky Fuller’s 24-foot Fly’s Eye Dome, which of course was not only cool for the scale and novelty of the design, but for the fact that it was actually Bucky’s last dome design, prototyped in the mid-70s.

We also stood for some time ogling at Christopher Deam’s new Breckenridge “Perfect Cottage,” which was its own little diorama on the street outside the venue. And of course, there was the thrill of seeing Adam Khalkin’s Push Button House opening and closing in real time, with a fully-furnished interior affixed to the unfolding container walls that laid itself out softly into an ambient little home.

One of the excellent and unexpected components was a display of project proposals by a handful of industrial design students from University of the Arts, which consisted only of poster-sized descriptions and small-scale models. There were several gems in that mix, which we plan to investigate and cover further in the near future.

All told, an excellent collection of mobile designs.

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  1. Inhabitat » Blog ... June 30, 2006 at 2:30 pm

    […] Moving up the chain in levels of artsyness is Adam Kalkin’s Push Button House. This single shipping container steel box opens on automatic hinges like a Murphy bed, revealing gorgeous – if compact – living quarters arranged within. We had a chance to see the unfolding action live at the Mobile Living Exhibition in May. Each side of the container produced a complete room, firmly adhered to the floor. (I had to wonder about the toilet water…) […]

  2. Kelly May 30, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    Hello! Thank you for all of your ingenius creations. I am very impressed with many of the new, fresh ideas that are out today. I would love to see more on Airstream mobile homes, and the new Prefab homes at affordable prices. I am from the midwest, single with two dogs and a small snake, and looking for something that would sit unobtrusively in the wooded, country setting on 12-20 acres.

    Again, thank you for your wonderfully, inspired artists and their creations. It is fun to see what’s been recently invented or created for the person living a simple life.

    Kelly Riddle

  3. Tom May 24, 2006 at 8:23 pm

    Yes, more pictures of the Breckenridge Perfect Cottage. How refreshing to see the clean, modern style designer Chrisopher Deam intended instead of with the silly desecrations it suffered at the Target display earlier this year.

  4. Craig May 23, 2006 at 8:57 pm

    More pictures, please! Especially of the Perfect Cottage!

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