Think the flyer boxes scattered across city sidewalks are uninspired? Check out these newsboxes transformed into eye-catching aquariums, terrariums, and even dishwashers by NY based The Street Is In The House — they might make you reconsider. We spotted these clever takes on the traditional newsbox at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair this weekend and were a bit smitten by the way they can bring a bit of the street right into your living room!

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Artist Carlo Sampietro designed the repurposed newsboxes to provide a commentary on NYC life — a goal that we think he achieved. He sources each newsbox straight from the source that produces them and then retrofits them into fun and functional works of art fit for your home.

Sampietro explains on The Street Is In The House website: “Each cabinet tells a story that blurs the lines between reality and fiction and explores the interaction between the city and the uninhibited human soul. They contain a manipulation of space that implores you to confront the uncomfortable, contemplate the inexplicable, and re-examine the predictable.”

Unfortunately, the newsboxes haven’t been previously used, but we don’t see why future versions couldn’t feature refurbished old boxes.

+ The Street Is In The House

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