sleeping out of the box

IN my opinion good design has as much – if not more – to do with ergonomics and effective function as it does with aesthetics. It always comes as a disappointment when that cosy looking sofa turns out to be a back-breaker, or if that beautiful coffee cup is impossible to grasp when filled with piping-hot liquid. And yet, aesthetics are important. And of course must be appealing. 

When designing, one should endeavour to extend that moment of joy experienced when presented with a visual delight right through to its utilisation – be the function practical or conceptual. Sleeping Out of the Box appears to be giving up-and-coming designers the opportunity to prove that they can do this. Therefore providing a platform from which they may to form a solid reputation.  

This Dutch guesthouse is offering you the chance to: ‘explore the unknown designers, experience their designs, make memories, fall asleep to the sounds of the city of Ghent’. By this they mean that every three months a new young designer is invited to set the tone of The Studio accommodation, whilst above it in The Flat, Maison Caro is also joined by ‘friends’ on a regular basis. As a result, the guests are able to not only admire their stylish surroundings but also interact with them – putting new design approaches to the test. In effect a type of ‘try before you buy’ concept. A brilliant idea and no doubt a potentially lucrative one for the designers themselves.

I discovered Sleeping Out of the Box on Pauline Egge’s Petite Passport, one of my favourite blogs of the moment. Whether you’re looking for inspiration on where to eat/sleep/drink for your next trip abroad, or simply indulging in fantasies of globetrotting, this is a blog in which you can lose yourself. The places featured range from luxury hotels, quirky shops, various eateries, hidden bars and exhibitions, each chosen for their design credentials. Not all have been personally tried and tested, which provides a perfect excuse to pack your bags and find out for yourself…


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