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Berlin's 'Home of the Future' Has Textile Tubs, Mini-Farms

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Berlin-based designer Werner Aisslinger has taken over the city's Haus am Waldsee contemporary art museum, transforming the space into his—far-fetched, sure, but that's the fun of it—vision for the home of the future, complete with a "pixelated colour gradient" façade, textile bathtub, and kitchen mini-farm. Per his official site, essentially what Aisslinger did for his Home of the Future was take tried-and-true materials and gave them new purpose, because, to him, the future will be all about "upcycling & tuning" and "prolonging the life cycles of products."

For the bathroom, Aisslinger says "fog-collecting fabrics," which filter drinking water from the morning mists, would be used to absorb steam from the shower, passing it along to the room's plant life. The sink and bathtub are made of "soft, nature-oriented" textiles "designed to change their volume when their exteriors are 'rolled up'—adjusting the amount of water to the respective usage." (Make sense? Not so much, but it sounds nice, right?)

The kitchen becomes an urban farm and laboratory, outfitted with equipment for aquaponics—that is, indoor farming of fish and vegetables in a cyclical, mutually beneficial way—and shelves of things like "mushrooms growing on coffee grounds." Aisslinger says urban farming is not just in "ecotopias of an urban bohemia, but are actually tested in Paris or Berlin, surpassing industrial agricultura efficiency standards fifteen fold." Just think of it as a tricked-out window-box herb garden.

· Home of the Future - 2013 Exhibition [official site via Design Boom]