Lloyd Alter

Wearable Architecture: Our Clothing Becomes Our Houses

by , 02/03/10

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What is a house, anyways? For the designers of the Veasyble wearable shelter, isolation and intimacy are important. They reflect on “the change in our relationship with the domestic environment, due to the effects of our increasing mobility, and how this has affected our concept of intimacy, creating new demands.” Read on for more innovative concepts that blend the boundaries between clothing and architecture.

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The concept of wearable architecture goes back to 1968, with Michael Webb of Archigram’s “Suitaloon.” More at Archigram Redux: Ideas From the Sixties Are Fashionable Again

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Designers have been working on the idea ever since, as in Moreno Ferrari’s raincoat that turns into an armchair. More at Transformer Clothing: C.P. Company’s Coat Turns into Armchair

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The aforementioned Veasyble also comes in a version with room for two. More at Veasyble: Folding Paper and Polyethylene Portable Privacy.

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Architect/ Artist/ Scientist/ Graphic Designer Forrest Jessee has developed a “transportable and adjustable cocoon that allows for constant air flow in a variety of different positions and environments.” More at Sleep Anywhere, Any Time, In The Sleepsuit

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Justin Gargasz built a practical and realistic version — a jacket that unfolds into a tent. More at Carry Your House on Your Back With Vessel by Justin Gargasz

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But of course, sharing is the greenest way to live, so our favourite has to be the Party Dress. “Five models. One dress. Three ladders. Two lights. 12 white folding chairs. Cupcakes. Mix them together and what do you get? Party Dress” More at Party Dress: The Ultimate in Movable Architecture

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