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April 7, 2004 3:39 PM   Subscribe

If you ever want your home to look like you're a super spy that lives in a 1960s supercomputer center, Lensvelt has the pefect thing for you: monolithic filing cabinets that look like mainframes. How cool would it be to have a living room that looked like this, or an office that was this clean? [via mocolo]
posted by mathowie (28 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
On the same site is this "minimalist home" to die for.
posted by JohnR at 3:54 PM on April 7, 2004


I'd hate it.
posted by PigAlien at 3:54 PM on April 7, 2004


Now this is a great FPP. Thanks, Matt.
posted by keswick at 3:55 PM on April 7, 2004


Very nice! Looking around at my cluttered office and its collection of mis-matched furniture, working somewhere that looked like that would be a dream for someone as anal as I am.

Ditto the Mill House from JohnR's link.
posted by dg at 4:02 PM on April 7, 2004


On the same site is this "minimalist home" to die for.

Hmmmm. Nothing that a few throw rugs, chintz sofas, frilly pillows, hanging tchotzke-like shiny things for the windows, family photos, and pastel coloured framed prints wouldn't fix.
posted by jokeefe at 4:11 PM on April 7, 2004


Oooo! I like that house! Score.

And that computer room / office! AWESOME. But missing... drawers...
posted by shepd at 4:33 PM on April 7, 2004


oh yeah! Personally I've always wanted my computer screens to look like the Nasa mission control center, but my colleagues won't let me. ;)
posted by dabitch at 4:43 PM on April 7, 2004


Whoa, check this out, from the same site:

Bookshelf with ready made book collection.
“A filled bookcase is the ultimate reflection of the identity of the owner.” Pre-filled with important literary works that together proffer high cultural status, the “books” in this shelf, spines that swing up when pushed, reveal what you really read.


For someone doing this as a joke it could be kinda funny (but a pain to retrieve your books, looks like), but if they were serious about hiding their real taste in books, it would be sort of sad.
posted by onlyconnect at 4:43 PM on April 7, 2004


The stealth bench is elegant and all but looks as if it would be monstrously uncomfortable. If it were just a sofa this looks pretty nice, though.

And I would just about kill for this desk.
posted by kenko at 4:46 PM on April 7, 2004


I clicked around a bit for prices, but didn't find any. This tells me they are probably ridiculously high, but does anyone here know?
posted by Triplanetary at 4:52 PM on April 7, 2004


Oh. My. God.
posted by carter at 5:03 PM on April 7, 2004


That room just radiates that "welcome home" feeling doesn't it? All it needs is a single blinking red LED to warm you on those cold winter nights as you relax with a nice software specification for real-time, publish-subscribe middleware.
posted by Voivod at 5:04 PM on April 7, 2004


onlyconnect: I don't think that bookcase is a devious as you suggest. The fake-book panels fold back to let you place real books in front of them. The only time the (unconvincing) fake books are visible is when no real book occupies the slot.

BTW, I have fairly simple taste but this stuff does nothing for me. Looks like living in a morgue.
posted by Tubes at 5:06 PM on April 7, 2004


BTW, I have fairly simple taste but this stuff does nothing for me. Looks like living in a morgue.

it looks like a great art gallery to me...i'd hang crazy colorful art on the walls as contrast. Been drooling on that site for a few days.
posted by th3ph17 at 5:27 PM on April 7, 2004


Tubes: I thought the real books were normally hidden behind the slots, and the ones shown in the pic were just there for the purposes of showing that the bookcase held real books. Otherwise, the bookcase in the pic is only holding, like, six books. I think maybe you're right, though -- retrieving books looks too hard my way!
posted by onlyconnect at 5:41 PM on April 7, 2004


Forget the blinking LED -- you need this.
posted by Krrrlson at 5:57 PM on April 7, 2004


This table is just too damn cool.
posted by kickingtheground at 6:10 PM on April 7, 2004


The design pr0n at mocoloco has got me checking that site daily.
posted by gwint at 6:20 PM on April 7, 2004


yea, but where do you put your stuff? I never understood that about minimalist. like that kitchen in that home - where do your plates, pots, etc. go? or do you just never eat at home? and where is the TV, radio, xbox, etc? cords? I just don't get it.
posted by evening at 6:53 PM on April 7, 2004


Awesome stuff, but why is it that every designer's web site is so poorly designed?
posted by Hildago at 7:44 PM on April 7, 2004


I rather like the minimalist kitchen and the minimalist office, but that living room reminded me of the graduate student lounge in the University of Chicago's English department. Similar color scheme, even; just substitute dirty beige for the whites and greys.

(No, not a compliment.)
posted by thomas j wise at 8:41 PM on April 7, 2004


AWESOME!
posted by crazy finger at 8:57 PM on April 7, 2004


Some of the lighting designs are lovely, as well.
posted by dg at 10:21 PM on April 7, 2004


Evening: in In Praise of Shadows, Junichiro Tanizaki writes (briefly) about that problem—not so much the storage aspects as the cords &c. How to fit Western electrical switches, e.g., into the design of a more austere and literally unobtrusive Japanese room. He mentions some attempts a friend of his made, but concludes (IIRC; I can't find my copy, or I'd check) that there isn't really a graceful solution.
posted by kenko at 10:52 PM on April 7, 2004


Most of this modern furniture design just makes me think "Clockwork Orange" so I shun it. I can see the shelving be handy in an office, where storage space is usually at a premium.
posted by Salmonberry at 11:36 PM on April 7, 2004


Most of this modern furniture design just makes me think "Clockwork Orange"

Often my litmus test for approval, but that's just me...
posted by jalexei at 5:26 AM on April 8, 2004


If youre a minimalist, you don't have stuff. Or food. Or pets. Or kids. Or, apparently, bodily functions. Minimalism, you know?
posted by bonehead at 7:05 AM on April 8, 2004


Swivel entertainment centre!
posted by Feisty at 12:38 AM on April 9, 2004


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