In Tele-nomadic Sheltering Unit the ‘new’ will be exchanged with the long-lasting, the inflexible with the flexible, the static with the moveable, the broken with repaired.

Designer Anna Resei wants to promote a more elastic approach to living and her speculative work Tele-nomadic sheltering unit is based on ideas of how future generations will live, work and travel in the future city. Centered on fluidity and flexibility, the Tele-nomadic Sheltering Unit proposes an urban dwelling that is durable, moveable and designed to oppose the overconsumption associated with urban living.

The Unit is a modular structure which can be assembled and disassembled and carried with oneself. Repair and exchange are at the core of the concept. Imagining a future where we live in the open and collective and only own as much things as we can carry by our self. The unit is supposed to raise thoughts and ideas of the nomadic way of living, both concrete and symbolically.

The work consists of a steel structure, two recycled acrylic glass plates, a patterned seating object, resin bricks and a small dot matrix-screen. Amongst these materials are 5 different jacquard woven fabrics which were developed in collaboration with EE Exclusives in the Netherlands. The textiles allow different set ups and are shelter and protect from the natural environment. They are also meant to harvest electricity and through this enable the unit to be fully self-sufficient. The small dot-matrix screen attached facilitates communication to other Tele-nomads nearby due to cloud connection.

By telling the story of a future way of living and bringing the nomadic way of living into focus the Unit questions the way we live and what we might need in the future. The work contains visual references to temporary architectures as they might be used by nomads, hikers or refugees, but also relates itself to structures of urban mobility and public transport. As a hybrid of different influences the work uses its aesthetic as a means to create a different perception of these fields and to open the imagination of the onlookers. As many designers search for alternatives and for example dive into material innovations to bring forth solutions, Anna Resei chooses instead to tell a story and, in a playful way, bring forth a different narrative of how we could (and maybe should) live in the future.

Anna Resei is a conceptual designer and digital archaeologist. Anna graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven with a master in Contextual Design