The hotel room you can pack and bring with you
It only makes sense.
With services like Couchsurfing and Airbnb carving chunks out of the world's budget accommodations market, it was inevitable that someone would invent the instant hotel room.
Say hello to Hotello.
Designed by Italian architect Antonio Scarponi, Hotello is a “portable office/hotel room” device created for empty urban spaces, including lofts, warehouses, factories and military barracks.
We first saw the design on Skift, and must say it looks intriguing.
Scarponi developed the concept while collaborating with visual artist Robert de Luca, who was inspired by the "DIY windshields that people build on the beach in the Baltic Sea during the summer." Swiss firm Das Konzept, which specializes in “design office innovation,” is also part of the project.
“My practice often times focuses on small scale projects, which I believe in many circumstances can have a bigger impact in urban environment,” Scarponi told CNN. “We think that interior design is one of the biggest engines of urban transformation in Europe.”
Consisting of a metal structure, translucent and sound-absorbent curtain, bed, desk, lamp and stool, the four-square-meter portable room comes packed into a bright red trunk. It can be laid out in various configurations.
Scarponi says that Hotello will debut at Fuori Salone 2013, a design event in Milan to be held on April 9.
Das Konzept is planning to add the design to its upcoming production catalog.
You can see more of the Antonio Scarponi's innovative designs at www.conceptualdevices.com.