Posts tagged travel
4:21 pm - Wed, Feb 13, 2013
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From the unconventional and repurposed hotel rooms file.

This time, it’s a “pop-up hotel” that makes use of shipping containers. Currently docked in Antwerp, these lodgings are anything but basic.

The hotel, aptly named, Sleeping Around, claims to employ only ecologically responsible materials.

From their website:

Our pop-up hotel offers […] a compact yet luxurious hotel room, equipped with all the mod cons: a box-spring bed, rain shower, iPod docking station and air conditioning – all contained in a 20ft recycled sea container.


More over at Contained, the “all things container” Tumblr of our own Molly Block, here.

2:02 pm - Fri, Feb 8, 2013
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When wine o’clock rolls around, find yourself nestled in a Sleeping Barrel in the Rhine Valley.
Translated from the German website (courtesy of Google Translate):
Our farm is located about 350 meters above the flowers and wine village Sasbachwalden, right at the foot of the Hornisgrinde, Hotopp beautiful Black Forest. Our sleep barrels on Quince space right in front of our farm with stunning views over the Rhine valley to the Vosges. Here you can enjoy the best views of all our courses. 
 All drums are equipped with 2 m double beds, but which can be separated on request. Parking is located directly on the farm. Our sleep barrels you can reach from there only on foot.

When wine o’clock rolls around, find yourself nestled in a Sleeping Barrel in the Rhine Valley.

Translated from the German website (courtesy of Google Translate):

Our farm is located about 350 meters above the flowers and wine village Sasbachwalden, right at the foot of the Hornisgrinde, Hotopp beautiful Black Forest.

Our sleep barrels on Quince space right in front of our farm with stunning views over the Rhine valley to the Vosges.
Here you can enjoy the best views of all our courses.

All drums are equipped with 2 m double beds, but which can be separated on request. Parking is located directly on the farm. Our sleep barrels you can reach from there only on foot.

9:48 am - Thu, Jul 5, 2012
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Instead of bringing a stroller on board a flight from Japan to the U.S., Amber Dohrenwend of The Cardboard Collective blog used a sturdy cardboard box — with casters attached to its bottom — to help tote both her toddler and her three-year-old daughter through long airport terminals and checkpoints.
Amber used a produce box — the kind with a waxy coating — that has holes already in it. An old necktie threaded through the box’s holes made a handy pull-strap.
Amber placed an extra piece of cardboard in the bottom of the box (pictured below), to give the box added stability and to cover the casters’ screws and bolts (so her kids wouldn’t sit directly on them!). The box’s dimensions are within those for carry-on items.
Find additional photos on The Cardboard Collective blog, as well as posts on other projects Amber’s made from cardboard. 

Instead of bringing a stroller on board a flight from Japan to the U.S., Amber Dohrenwend of The Cardboard Collective blog used a sturdy cardboard box — with casters attached to its bottom — to help tote both her toddler and her three-year-old daughter through long airport terminals and checkpoints.

Amber used a produce box — the kind with a waxy coating — that has holes already in it. An old necktie threaded through the box’s holes made a handy pull-strap.

Amber placed an extra piece of cardboard in the bottom of the box (pictured below), to give the box added stability and to cover the casters’ screws and bolts (so her kids wouldn’t sit directly on them!). The box’s dimensions are within those for carry-on items.

Find additional photos on The Cardboard Collective blog, as well as posts on other projects Amber’s made from cardboard. 

3:27 pm - Sat, Jun 2, 2012
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We’re fans of free book exchanges, like the Little Free Libraries; the now-defunct-phone-booths-turned-mini-libraries (here, here, here, here, and here); shelves in London Tube and train stations and in airports that enable travelers to swap books; former newspaper racks; and a 1979 Ford transformed into a bookmobile from which free books are distributed in Buenos Aires, among others, that spring up in public spaces. 
(We’re also fond of more traditional libraries that are housed in non-traditional settings like repurposed old buses and historic barns and churches.)
And now in Paris, there’s this communal book exchange sitting atop a tree cage: 

Strasbourg-based street artist Florian Rivière is back with a new, neat urban intervention! Last weekend, Rivière installed a little library on a sidewalk near Gare du Nord … .

I don’t know if that’s a pallet or a crate (or both), but I like it!
See a couple of Riviere’s other urban interventions, a.k.a., “hacktions,” here.
(via Urban Hacktivist Launches Street Library — The Pop-Up City)

We’re fans of free book exchanges, like the Little Free Libraries; the now-defunct-phone-booths-turned-mini-libraries (here, here, here, here, and here); shelves in London Tube and train stations and in airports that enable travelers to swap books; former newspaper racks; and a 1979 Ford transformed into a bookmobile from which free books are distributed in Buenos Aires, among others, that spring up in public spaces. 

(We’re also fond of more traditional libraries that are housed in non-traditional settings like repurposed old buses and historic barns and churches.)

And now in Paris, there’s this communal book exchange sitting atop a tree cage: 

Strasbourg-based street artist Florian Rivière is back with a new, neat urban intervention! Last weekend, Rivière installed a little library on a sidewalk near Gare du Nord … .

I don’t know if that’s a pallet or a crate (or both), but I like it!

See a couple of Riviere’s other urban interventions, a.k.a., “hacktions,” here.

(via Urban Hacktivist Launches Street Library — The Pop-Up City)

2:21 pm - Thu, Jan 19, 2012
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Those of you who’ve been reading Unconsumption for a while might recall our 2010 post about Milan’s Maison Moschino — the boutique hotel the Italian fashion house Moschino opened in 2010 in a retrofitted 1840 railway station — where some guest rooms are furnished with ball gowns as headboards. 
Turns out, the hotel offers additional Unconsumption-y design inspiration in the form of lamps made from dresses. (photo via DiarioDesign)
Related: For a review of the hotel, described “as a place for playful photo shoots,” among other things, check out this January 2011 writeup from The New York Times. 

Those of you who’ve been reading Unconsumption for a while might recall our 2010 post about Milan’s Maison Moschino — the boutique hotel the Italian fashion house Moschino opened in 2010 in a retrofitted 1840 railway station — where some guest rooms are furnished with ball gowns as headboards

Turns out, the hotel offers additional Unconsumption-y design inspiration in the form of lamps made from dresses. (photo via DiarioDesign)

Related: For a review of the hotel, described “as a place for playful photo shoots,” among other things, check out this January 2011 writeup from The New York Times. 

7:52 am - Fri, Sep 23, 2011
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How to: Transform a travel trunk into a rolling bar (or storage for other things). 
For tutorial (by Dane Holweger), see: Carry-On Cocktails — readymade.com. 

How to: Transform a travel trunk into a rolling bar (or storage for other things). 

For tutorial (by Dane Holweger), see: Carry-On Cocktails — readymade.com

8:13 pm - Wed, Sep 7, 2011
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Over on TreeHugger, friend of Unconsumption Jerry James Stone writes about the Capsule Hotel, moored in The Hague:

Garbage Architect Denis Oudendijk has gone and done the impossible by making off-shore oil rig waste actually cool. He’s turned discarded escape pods into rustic, floating hotel rooms.

Read the rest here.

Over on TreeHugger, friend of Unconsumption Jerry James Stone writes about the Capsule Hotel, moored in The Hague:

Garbage Architect Denis Oudendijk has gone and done the impossible by making off-shore oil rig waste actually cool. He’s turned discarded escape pods into rustic, floating hotel rooms.

Read the rest here.

11:08 am - Sat, Apr 2, 2011
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New biodegradable golf ball made from discarded lobster shells:

Golfers on the high seas can breathe a little easier — and so can the marine life around them — thanks to a biodegradable golf ball made from lobster shells. The ball is intended for use on cruise ships and so should lead to fewer regular golf balls ending up in the ocean.
Though biodegradable golf balls already exist, this ball is the first to be made with crushed lobster shells [a byproduct of the lobster canning industry] with a biodegradable binder and coating, creating value from waste material.
[University of Maine] Undergraduate student Alex Caddell, a golfer who assisted in the engineering effort, said the balls perform similarly to their traditional, white-dimpled counterparts. 
The University of Maine has filed a provisional patent for the lobster-shell mixture, which can also be used for such products as plant pots that decompose in the ground, surveying stakes and other applications.
(via Golf Balls Made Out of Lobster Shells | Biodegradable Golf Balls for Cruise Ships | InnovationNewsDaily)
(Photo credit: University of Maine.)

[Hat tip to Marg Ryan, @margryan on Twitter!]

New biodegradable golf ball made from discarded lobster shells:

Golfers on the high seas can breathe a little easier — and so can the marine life around them — thanks to a biodegradable golf ball made from lobster shells. The ball is intended for use on cruise ships and so should lead to fewer regular golf balls ending up in the ocean.

Though biodegradable golf balls already exist, this ball is the first to be made with crushed lobster shells [a byproduct of the lobster canning industry] with a biodegradable binder and coating, creating value from waste material.

[University of Maine] Undergraduate student Alex Caddell, a golfer who assisted in the engineering effort, said the balls perform similarly to their traditional, white-dimpled counterparts.

The University of Maine has filed a provisional patent for the lobster-shell mixture, which can also be used for such products as plant pots that decompose in the ground, surveying stakes and other applications.

(via Golf Balls Made Out of Lobster Shells | Biodegradable Golf Balls for Cruise Ships | InnovationNewsDaily)

(Photo credit: University of Maine.)

[Hat tip to Marg Ryan, @margryan on Twitter!]

4:59 pm - Wed, Feb 9, 2011
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Now here’s a fine use for an old suitcase: as a picnic table. This item is from junktion products, purveyor of many good things made from old things.

Now here’s a fine use for an old suitcase: as a picnic table. This item is from junktion products, purveyor of many good things made from old things.

12:39 pm
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"At Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, instead of trashing the lighters confiscated from departing passengers, they’re provided for free to arriving passengers."  [China is home to an estimated 350 million smokers. (Yikes!)]
(via Shanghai Airport’s Brilliantly Simple Lighter Recycling System - GOOD)

"At Pudong International Airport in Shanghai, instead of trashing the lighters confiscated from departing passengers, they’re provided for free to arriving passengers."  [China is home to an estimated 350 million smokers. (Yikes!)]

(via Shanghai Airport’s Brilliantly Simple Lighter Recycling System - GOOD)

9:27 pm - Wed, Sep 1, 2010
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Boarding passes —> wallet
(via 01MATHERY; hat tip to murketing)

Boarding passes —> wallet

(via 01MATHERY; hat tip to murketing)

1:17 pm - Thu, Aug 26, 2010
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Five restored travel trailers (+ teepee & yurts) = El Cosmico
Boutique hotel. Marfa, Texas.

Five restored travel trailers (+ teepee & yurts) = El Cosmico

Boutique hotel. Marfa, Texas.

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