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Made of metallic polyester, the basic house is like a tiny, self-inflating prefab home. As soon as it interacts with either body temperature or heat from the sun, the inflatable shelter transforms from a flat sheet of material to an insulated home that provides shelter against the elements. And if it’s warm outside, it is possible to turn the house inside out so that it deflects solar gain.

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The designer argues that this product, which has been featured at MoMA since 2007 and the Vitra Design Museum, creates a more immediate and less complicated interaction with nature than our runaway consumption habits have created.

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