These are some interesting design ideas we’ve seen in our travels.
This statue is seen against the sky instead of being on the ground.
This horse and carriage includes a poop bag.
These pieces of exercise equipment are sized for children
This is a traditional anchor, made with no metal.
This type of woven stick barrier is used both for fences and decorative purposes.
This sink appeared to be very inexpensive, yet attractive.
Many of the pueblos we visited have sets of exercise equipment along the shore.
This church is made entirely from wood.
Samples of some of the wood joints used in church construction
We thought this unusual building was attractive
Detail of the building
A round shower enclosure which requires minimal space.
A vanity which requires minimal space.
These posts prevent taking shopping carts into the parking lot, so they don’t get stolen.
This house cost $7,000 US to purchase.
The house in the prior slide is part of a development.
The feet on the back of this couch are not visible, so it appears to float.
This electric ferry boat charges its batteries with solar.
In Puerto Octay, a focult pendulum is in a public park, mounted behind glass. Unfortunately it wasn’t set up to knock over pins.
This is an extremely simple elevator.
I liked this picnic table because it seats 8 in a circle and there is room for everyone’s feet.
Detail of how the table is made.
Water drips continually from this plant. It is both a fountain and a plant.
We saw roughly 20 of these steam “engines”. Evidently they were used to power various devices on farms. Oxen would pull them to move them around.
This is a wood burning stove in the lobby of a roughly 5,000 square foot lodge in Yelcho. It heats the entire building by heating water which circulates through radiators in the rooms. It accepts unsplit logs about 5 feet long. Interestingly the stove itself was cool enough to touch. They´d had a problem when there was a power failure so the water stop circulating. It started to boil and the pressure got too high.
Detail of the upper portion of one hinge.
Another gate hinge. Note that the top horizontal piece has a square hole the size of a chain saw blade.
A very simple rocking horse. The rope in the front is actually bungy.
A micro hydro generator powering a hotel for about 20 guests.
The back of this bus has both a rest room, and a coffee machine, right next to one another.
Outside a tienda there were lots of hanging plants, planted in empty water bottles
This is a dam built to create a swimming hole. I was interested in the triangular wooden structure which supports the rocks in the center of the dam.
A table made from a wine cask. A piece of glass is on top. Under the glass there is a surface made of woven grass which holds various artifacts of interest.
In a park, a man and his wife had a business selling pony rides to little girls. The ponys are mechanical. They go forward if you bounce up and down on the seat.
This was a simple and attractive lamp shade for a compact flourescent bulb
Puerto Varas. This white fabric, draped across a ceiling, cut noise and hid the imperfections in the ceiling
Puerto Varas. These Gutter tubes are mounted on a concrete wall. They provide dirt and water to vines that will grow on the wall.
Puella. A substantial and unusual bar made from a tree. It was designed to discourage people from entering on the right side.
Puella. Seats carved from trees. I assume the large chain saws were used. They were really quite comfortable.
La Leona. A game. A ring is tied to a string. There is an upward facing hook in the wall. The goal is to get the ring onto the hook. If you do you get a free beer.
Attractive lamp shades for CFL bulbs
Calafate. A seat made from a cable spool
Calafate. There are two items of note here. A lamp fixture was made from a ski. Also, the ceiling of the building was held together with leather thongs that had been wet when they´d been applied. They tighten when they dry.
A power outlet in Argentina. I wonder whether they purposely made it look like a face.
Ice Cream dish. It seemed extraordinarily special due to the halo above it. The halo appeared to have been made by pouring a hot sugar substance onto wax paper. When it cooled it hardened.
A flower vase made from colored glass and a test tube.
Puerto Natales. This room is on a V shaped lot. We liked the ceiling and the staircase.
This is a seat made from various pieces of machinery. It was made to look like a gas powered tricycle, but as far as I could tell, it would never go anywhere. Puerto Natales.
Puerto Natales. These are two chairs made from an old bathtub. They´d somehow cut the tub in two without chipping the enamel.
This is surfing in a mall. You pay some money and then ride the wave. It seemed to be powered by a dieasel motor. Santiago
An arcade where kids were driving race car simulators on computers.
An arcade in which kids were driving electric bicycles around a track.
This is a slide which has a waterfall of water running under the slide surface. It´s in an arcade designed for two year olds.
An arcade game which is racing slot cars.
Food designed for getting full at a cheap price. It includes sausage, french fries, eggs, meat. No vegetables allowed.
A solution for reducing grafitti. There are hundreds of padalocks on the railing of this bridge in Santiago, each has someone`s name on it. Presumably they meet the need for people to write “Joe was here”.
Stair case with all of the stair treads cantilevered, sort of. The medal rods on the ends of the stair closest to us connect to the ceiling. SwissAndia Hostal.