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Crytstal Bubble – clear portable living rooms make you part of nature itself

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There’s no question that modern materials have revolutionized living spaces, but for the most part these advances have been fairly conventional in style. However one enterprising French designer has taken a whole new direction in terms of harmonious accommodation with his new bubble room idea.

Crystal Bubble products are manufactured from transparent plastics and are inflated via a silent electric air blower, which keeps it inflated at all times. The heating/cooling system can be powered by solar cells, methanol or earth/air heat exchangers and every bubble comes with a built in wooden floor.

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There’s a range of products (transparent and semi-transparent) on offer, ranging from single rooms, double bubble ‘lodges’ and even a version which can sit in a tree for a truly eco-tastic experience. The inflation system avoids problems with condensation, dust or allergens and you control the interior temperature by using zipped openings.

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The bubbles can hold different types of furniture according to needs, and you can obviously place them wherever you can find a flat surface, which can lead to some pretty amazing locations as you can tell from the photos. They’re even being used as private rooms during events by some enterprising people.

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There’s not much information on pricing available on any of the websites, but it looks as though they start at around $11,000 and upwards depending on configuration. Love it!

Nigel is the managing editor of the Red Ferret, as well as a freelance columnist for the Sunday Times newspaper in London. Loves tech and fancies himself as a bit of a futurist, but then don’t we all?

Nigel – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


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