We’ve all seen those silly adaptations of the arse end of cars, where there are seats or beds in the boot (trunk to you seppos), all sitting in an awful tacky motel room. Or if you are feeling more tasteful, perhaps a car desk? (Thank you ChipChick).

Should we regard them as kitsch or post modern? Is there a difference? Should we segue into one of those Venturi-Scott-Brown debates about post-modernism, whether all architecture is either a shed or a duck, or was it a hot dog? No, but kitsch or not, one day soon we’ll have to do something with all those empty-tanked cars and turning them into furniture is not the worst option.

Hardcore Digital Aluminium Design turns car seats into lounges. This sort of corporate-reception-area aesthetic doesn’t do it for me but I do admire the ingenuity, all those “castors and weels, electric motors, car seats, black lights, LEDs, nautical fenders, and underwater telecomanded motors, it is a hand made collection of peculiar furniture and other multiple use design objects. All in motion.”

We prefer the swimming pool versions of the chair, floating on adaptively reused yacht fenders.

And you’ve got to admire the following as a piece of 100% pure PR bullshit:

Aluminium Digital Design is a construction system, a structural approach related to the concept of the digital display. As the digit, the initial basic element, combines with others to form numbers, letters or any 2-D representations, so in this case the aluminium profile, after being cut and perforated, combines through stable or flexible joints, in order to produce the desired forms. The successive articulation of such 2-D forms, allows the construction of 3-D objects.

That’s what I call quality drivel.


  1. ross mcleod
    Posted 19 Oct ’06 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I have this small picture of an old rover car seat that has been very tinkeredwith by a famous designer whose name escapes me. if I had a scanner I would save on having to inadequately describe it, but I will send in a pic when I can. Perhaps you know it.

    Anyway, the seat has been suspended within some bent two inch round scaffolders pipe that has also incorporated those scaffolders clamps to hold the whole frame together. Fantastic piece that I thought I’d have a go at. Turns out the clamps are hideously expensive and to get the pipe bent into the kind of arc needed…..too frigging expensive. I still have the leather bucket seat in the shed waiting for an opportunity.

  2. ross mcleod
    Posted 20 Oct ’06 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    “very tinkeredwith”…..groan….

  3. Ian Milliss
    Posted 20 Oct ’06 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I’d love to see it. Scaffolding is unbelievably expensive all round, I have wanted to build a square lookout tower in our garden out of steel scaffolding but when I finally found out the price to buy it I couldn’t believe it. And there is no such thing as getting it second hand (which I’d prefer) because it just gets used forever it is so tough. The aluminium stuff is a different story, it wears out. I’ve been using a lot of steel fencing pipe and fittings instead, but even they’re not cheap.

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