Design show offers pods we can escape in

Thu Apr 30, 2009 11:43pm EDT
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By Matt Cowan

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Call it a me-Pod. If you want to get away from global warming, unseasonal flu or the recession, or just need a family-proof space to work at home, designers at a London show have the cocoon for you.

The Grand Designs Live exhibition in London is this week presenting self-contained, stand-alone accommodations for work, sleep, entertainment -- even steam-therapy.

There's a comforting nostalgia in the fact that the future they see mirrors a 1960s design favorite -- it's pod-shaped.

"You can escape the world," said Lee Baldry, host of the House of the Future stand which displays no fewer than five pods including one called the Ovei which he calls the ultimate pod.

"It's got 5.1 surround sound, climate-control for air conditioning, Blu-Ray for high definition, it's got a PC and a games console as well," he said.

For power-snoozing there's the Napshell -- billed as "one of the most revolutionary sleeping environments ever made." The Elegance Bath of The Future comes with a lid and offers bubble-baths, steam therapy and infra-red sauna.

For the green consumer, the gardenARK is much more than a shed -- incorporating solar panel, wind turbine and sheep's wool for insulation.

"It's fully supplied kit," said its promoter, Tensen Buildings Managing Director Kristina Rayko. "It's off-grid and it's zero-carbon."   Continued...