Arara Nômade

In the days of steamships people used to travel with trunks. Huge, unwieldy, and solidly built. You can still see them today, rotting away in junk yards, or carefully restored and outrageously priced in high-end craft markets. In addition to luggage these trunks often served as furniture; they opened to reveal hanging space and numerous little drawers. They were finely crafted things, not just something to carry clothes, but to carry your lifestyle.

This seems to be the era that André Pedrini and Ricardo Freisleben, from Oboio Design Studios, seem to be harking back to with their Arara Nômade. It’s nomadic furniture — a trunk that turns into a shelves, drawers and hanging space.

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Designed for easy assembly and disassembly, no screws, glue or any sort of tools are required to put in together, or to take it apart at the end of your trip.

Alasdair Allan

Alasdair Allan is a scientist, author, hacker and tinkerer, who is spending a lot of his time thinking about the Internet of Things. In the past he has mesh networked the Moscone Center, caused a U.S. Senate hearing, and contributed to the detection of what was—at the time—the most distant object yet discovered.


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