This 193-square-foot prefab ‘cocoon’ tiny home with a 180-degree window was inspired by luxury hotels and can be put together in 2 days

Louetta R. Clark
Lumipod.
Lumipod.

Kevin Dolmaire

  • French company Lumicene revealed its prefab tiny cabin in the woods.

  • Lumipod is a minimal luxury structure available in three sizes, with a glass window exterior.

  • The first Lumipod was installed in the French Alps, with plans to ship to the US and Australia in the works. 

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Lumicene, a French company known for its reversible, circular window design, has revealed its new Lumipod in the French Alps.

The Lumipod is a minimalist cabin-like structure designed as a “cocoon of simplicity” for people to escape the city for a weekend. The first one was installed in the French Alps for a client, giving 180 degree forest views while blending into the scenery. The tiny hotel has a minimal environmental impact, sitting on screw piles and able to be removed “without a trace.”

Lumicene’s designs extend beyong the Lumipod, too. They

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The future of electric bikes according to post-war inspired BMW concept art

Louetta R. Clark

Automotive design has been transformed over the past 100 years. Body shapes are smoother, more refined, and vehicles are bigger all round, but there are some general design cues that still hold up. But what about vehicles like motorcycles, how is the electric revolution likely to change how our motorized two-wheeled vehicles look?

[Read: BMW is reportedly working on a 1,000HP all-electric M5 that’ll rival Tesla’s Plaid Model S]

Firstly, let’s take a look at a few iconic examples from years gone by to see how things “used to be.” More specifically, let’s look at a fast bike, an adventure bike, and a “comfortable” bike.

The Kawasaki Ninja

First up, is one of the most well-known motorbikes. With a top speed of up to 176 mph, it’s also one of the fastest: the Kawasaki ZX-11, aka the Ninja. From 1990 to 2001, this bike ruled the Car Accident Lawyer

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This robotic voice-activated furniture inspired by Mickey Mouse drops from the ceiling when you ask it to

Louetta R. Clark
Solutions to storage problems continue to resonate with the market, from storage in the cloud to, now, storage in the ceilings.
Solutions to storage problems continue to resonate with the market, from storage in the cloud to, now, storage in the ceilings.

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  • A San Francisco startup designs modules that store your bed, closet, desk, and nightstand in the ceiling that can be lowered on your command.

  • The systems are also outfitted with AI that “can learn from your preferences and routine.”

  • Bumblebee Spaces was cofounded in 2017 by Tesla and Apple veteran Sankarshan Murthy.

  • The company has four projects with San Francisco developers, one of which currently has two-bedrooms — that can be turned into three-bedrooms thanks to the startup’s tech — available for around $5,000.

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There have been a bunch of daring propositions to counter San Francisco’s — and other cities’ — housing demand: underground bunk beds are one of the most recent that come to mind.

But Bumblebee

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