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How much furniture do you think could be crammed into an 80 cm by 120 cm box? One that can be lifted and moved about without too much difficulty. A chair or two? A small fold-up table as well?

In the case of the Casulo, a lot more than that. Described as ‘mobile living furniture’, the Casulo box contains an armoire, a desk, a height-adjustable stool, two more stools, a six-shelf bookcase, and a bed with a mattress. German designers, Marcel Krings & Sebastian Mühlhäuser, won the “Abraham & David Roentgen Award” in November 2007 for their portable furniture container concept. The judges admired their “cleverness, finesse and qualitative realisation of the idea”.


‘Casulo’, which is the Portuguese word for cocoon, was created with the travelling person in mind. Instead of lugging furniture every six months from location to location and paying for expensive storage and travel costs, the ‘Casulo’ would provide an easier, smaller and cheaper alternative. It is ideal for short term, spontaneous changes of residence.


It takes no more than 10 minutes to assemble the complete package and no tools are needed to complete the job. There’s even space still left inside for clothes, books and blankets. Every part of the exterior of the box is used thereby leaving no wasteful materials or packaging to get in the way.

An Interior Designer’s nightmare? Or a sign of the future?

See also: Background to the Casulo Concept.