This was the Future, Vol.31

typed for your pleasure on 13 October 2006, at 2.55 pm

Sdtrk: ‘Something sends me to sleep’ by Felt

Not actually from the Sixties, merely created with Sixties style in mind, this hot little number is the Hotel Everland, created by Sabina Long and Daniel Baumann, a tag team of Swiss artists. It’s a traveling hotel / art installation!

Everland is a Hotel with only one room. It includes a bathroom deluxe, a king-size bed and a lounge. The bounteous dimensioned room represents the subjective dream of a hotel: the architecture, the playful details, as well as the request to steal the golden embroidered bath towels. All Everland guests are partaking in the project. [..]

In September 2007 Hotel Everland moves on to Paris where it will be installed on the roof of Palais de Tokyo. It will also be exhibited for one year and run as a hotel, but this time with a view on the Eiffel Tower.

It’s equipped with a mini bar, WiFi, iPod Airtunes, and a turntable as well. (What, no Cd player?) Plus, you get a really ace view of whatever area you happen to book the hotel in.

I have to say, I’m really digging the repetition of that ‘curved rectangles’ motif — it’s in the wall lamps, the doorway to the bathroom, the shelving, and in the structure itself. Between the decor and the intimacy of the space, it’s like a cross between a ski chalet, and an apartment at Nakagin capsule tower. Very fab!

Also, Happy Friday 13 October! That’s a rare confluence, so do something interesting with your day

Random similar posts, for more timewasting:

This was the Future, Vol.12 on June 3rd, 2005

This was the Future, Vol.23 on March 18th, 2006

5 have spoken to “This was the Future, Vol.31”

  1. SafeTinspector writes:

    I like the rounded rectangle theme as well.
    Although, as you said, it seems to be a call-back to an earlier period, and there are many similar design motifs in web themes, portals and animations these days. I like curves, being a human male, so…

    I really like the look of that couch, though I wonder how comfortable it might actually be with such a thin padding.

    Is this intended to be a prototype or a one-off artistic statement?

  2. Davecat writes:

    A call-back.. or a holla back? 🙂
    Goethe once referred to architecture as ‘frozen music’. With its curves and soothing colours, Hotel Everland reminds me very much of Stereolab.

    Unfortunately, it seems to just be a one-off kind of thing, currently making its retro way across parts of Europe. One would hope that the designers/artists would see a value in perhaps bringing it to the States..

  3. SafeTinspector writes:

    Er… call back. WAIT! NO! Holla back.
    Frick. I can’t decide.

    As for the one-off, then who gets to stay in the thing? Highest bidder? Pageant winners?

  4. Davecat writes:

    Anyone can book a night at Hotel Everland, dependent on where they’ll be in relation to where the hotel will be, I suppose. The fee is 222€ ($281 USD) per night, though. Gah.

  5. SafeTinspector writes:

    They must be overbooked, I’d assume. That’s actually a modest rate for a luxo hotel room.

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