Every year when summertime hits, I start in with the full-on “Somewhere That’s Green”-esque daydreams in which I fantasize about what a joyous convenience it would be to have my very own non-HOA-scrutinized backyard complete with a nifty outdoor clothesline — somewhere where I could hang all of my damp clothes to dry instead of hoarding quarters for the dryers at the laundromat down the street. What low-impact domestic bliss! And then I wake up and remember that I live in a fourth-floor walk-up in Brooklyn without a backyard — or a clothesline — to call my own.
To be clear, I don’t even have that much space to dry my laundry indoors
. I do own a collapsible umbrella drying rack — for a brief spell
, I hauled it up and down from my roof — but it’s simply too awkward and too large to be temporarily installed anywhere in my apartment. Even finding a place to store
the thing is difficult (hello there, first-world problems).
,” a fold-down indoor laundry rack concept from Kim Bobin and Ko Kyungeun geared for space-strapped urban line-drying enthusiasts that doubles as a window blind.
People living in small apartments lack the floor space to comfortably accommodate a laundry drying rack. Drying machines, on the other hand, use a lot of electricity and cause a significant amount of carbon dioxide to be emitted into the atmosphere. Blindry combines a window blind with a fold-down laundry drying rack function. Sunlight can be used to dry one’s laundry and floor space is left unhindered.
Brilliant. The winner of a red dot award
for design concept in the home furniture category, Blindry instantly reminds me of Volet Végétal
, but reversed and meant for soggy knickers instead of fresh herbs. The design is quite simple: an outer frame fits around the interior of a window while an inner frame complete with clothes-hanging blinds/slates folds down into a horizontal position when it’s laundry time. Of course, given that windows come in myriad shapes and sizes, manufacturing and installing Blindry could get tricky. Still, I love the idea.
Apartment-dwelling indoor line-dryers: any thoughts?
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