Friday, August 14, 2009
Cool idea for a hotel bed, part II
Here comes another cool idea for a hotel bed:
The Floating Bed
Conventional furniture is in contact with the earth through gravity. Floating Bed overcomes this fundamental power and falls towards the sky. Four thin cables assure its motionless position and form the only contact with the ground.
Thanks to the smart use of permanent magnetic material Floating Bed can carry a load of 900 kilogram. With a floating distance of 40 cm. one can think of different functions such as a bed, sofa, Japanese dining table, display for products or as a base for a floating pavilion. The magnetic field on top of the Floating Bed is strongly reduced, so bank cards will not be erased.
Architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars (33) worked for six years with several specialists, under which Bakker Magnetics, on the development of Floating Bed. It is a project that only recently reached its technical realizability.
The shown object here can be seen as the captured form used by Stanley Kubrick in the 1968 movie '2001: A Space Odyssey'. The monolith, as Stanley Kubrick and science-fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke suggest, must have been made by other powers than those responsible for the usually circular planetary bodies and other more liberal forms, such as organisms. The rectangle as a metaphor for the existence of intelligent life.