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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, tinkerer and co-founder of a startup working on fixing the Internet of Things. He spends much of his time probing current trends in an attempt to determine which technologies are going to define our future.


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  1. Peter says:

    I can see one problem with this; once you’ve packed it away, there is very little usable space left inside. Nice design, nontheless.

  2. Paul says:

    Same complaint….the difference between this and the classic steamer trunk is that the steamer trunk was not only a way of accessing your clothes (with compartments for smaller items and very often a hanger bar inside for shirts) but it was a way to pack your clothes to for the journey….this seems like a lot of work to go through to bring a clothes rack to a hotel that is going to have a closet anyway.

  3. Sean says:

    Why couldn’t this just be some fold-out metal tubing integrated into our existing suitcases using the suitcase as a base? If done right, it would also give the suitcase some added structural integrity around the frame. Just an alternate take on a really cool idea. I’d put one of these up in my bedroom permanently!

  4. Mel Brandle says:

    I bought a similar piece of furniture for my sister’s daughter when she went away for university. It is a very compact storage, and yet when you assemble it, it can give you a nice way to put your things in order on the go. It is a very creative idea that saves a lot of space when not needed.