See that red mushroom shape spaceship? It was made from fabric that was kept up via air. It looks solid but it ain’t. My children were very busy enjoying reshaping this bulbous creature. WOOOOO. We had fun indeed.
What was it for? It was a pop-up shop or exhibition for the Cube Car to showcase the ‘Japanese Design Icon’, The Nissan Cube. It was in London’s East End, Brick Lane just before Christmas and there were lots of little design moments scattered around the large area – you could do some Japanese Designer shopping (all items selected by Colette – Parisian Design emporium), play with radio controlled cars or run around inside the red bulb .
When I was at Glee (Gardening Trade Fair) and at the 100% Design Festival in 2009 there were other blow up rooms. One was a hot house that Geoff from the Garden Forum thought would make a great installation at Glastonbury.
Garden Beet’s garden accessories have not extended to the blow up world. However given the current snow am seriously thinking of some garden accessories in my own garden that will contain my children and dinosaurs - perhaps these slick igloos from Tectonicks . Check out their blow up outdoor rooms.
Contemporary Gardens rarely feature an inflatable anything given the propensity for such items to look like florescent candy gone wrong. But here are some exceptions that would look great – but perhaps on a smaller scale.