The cardboard shelters look something similar to a child’s playhouse and are designed to offer a little privacy and comfort to those still living in the cramped conditions in the communal shelters at present. The cardboard can be assembled easily by anyone and even decorated by those with children, which could provide a nice creative outlet in a situation where many have been adversely affected by the tsunami and its aftermath.
With the majority of shelters located in school gymnasiums or public halls, the facilities really offer very little in terms of privacy or seclusion where evacuees can escape to try and relax in as best a way as is possible. Atelier Opa’s designs have been created not just to provide spaces for people to sleep in but partitions to create study areas and even clothes hanging areas. With many still unsure as to when they can move out of the communal areas right now and into relief housing, providing at least a semblance of having a personal space and designated spaces for specific functions is particularly important.
How brilliant is this?! Trust the japanese to come up simple great ideas for the most common things.
they’re simply too cute to burn!
The folks at Japanese company Green Supermarket have come up with a cute way of encouraging Japan`s green fingers. With space at a premium in Tokyo and a large proportion of residents living in apartments it is difficult finding any space to grow anything, especially when your apartment doesn’t even have a balcony. The company has come up with ways to utilise residents book cases, table tops and a variety of small spaces. One of their products, Green Story, from the outside looks like an every day book, however when opened it reveals a cute “pop-up” garden complete with pictures and story with a small herb or plant crop.
Another product form the company is Green Dish, what looks like a simple milk carton when lifted up reveals a small “garden” of cress. The packaging is very nicely designed and is a feature in itself, with soft pastel colors that can decorate tables or kitchen areas.
a very cute way of growing plants! makes me want to be a gardener
I desperately want to try this.
Making this also omg
How do you take out the balloon after you burst it? Or did I miss something?
2011 A/W COLLECTION ‘LOW’ from Anrealage
aaw…makes you want to live in singapore
yes, it’s an AC adapter.
I used fabric scraps, stiffener, large paper clips, a scissors, an iron, twist ties (or wire), and a hot glue gun.
Apply stiffener to your scraps (learn more here) and iron them flat. Cut three pieces for each bow in roughly these sizes:
Bow: 4.5" x 0.75"
Tails: 3.5" x 0.75"
Center band: 1.5" x 0.25"
Form the longest strip into a loop, overlapping the ends generously. Then pinch down at the center to form a bow shape. The nifty thing about the stiffened fabric is that the edges won’t fray, and it will keep its shape as you bend it around. If you don’t like the bow you made, iron the fabric flat and start over.
Pinch the “tail” strip in the center the same way. Yank it around some and show it who’s boss.
Then attach the bow to the tails using a piece of wire. I cut the green paper edges off twist ties I’d once pilfered from the grocery store. Worked great. Twist the wire tightly to secure it and clip off the excess.
Use the tiny remaining strip of fabric to attach the bow to the paper clip. Trim it as needed and wrap it around the bow and clip, and securing it with a bit of hot glue.
Trim the tails to the length you like.
– by Jessica Jones (http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com)