The Room That Fits in a Suitcase

Craft & Design
The Room That Fits in a Suitcase


Designed by Roberto De Luca and Antonio Scarponi as modular office space—Hotello is portable space. Packed into the bright red trunk is everything you need to create a 6.5 × 6.5 ft square workspace in minutes. From the metal frame, to the furniture, to the curtains surrounding the space itself.

Meant to convert the vast echoing and often abandoned spaces in our cities—empty warehouses and factories—into liveable space, the Hotello has a serious side, as in a disaster situation private space could be created for large numbers of people in a relatively short amount of time.

You just have to remember, “…it’s bigger on the inside, that’s all.”


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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