How can I make my apartment more like the outdoors, esp. making it more visually interesting and dynamic?
June 2, 2006 10:25 AM Subscribe
I want my life to be more "sensor-y" exciting. I could get a bunch of great art works (paintings and sculptures, say) but seeing them day in and day out my brain would filter them out. In a sense, I'm trying to make my apartment as much like being outdoors as possible, using technology.
posted by Furious Fitness to Home & Garden (12 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
This is unlike a dynamic ecosystem, which has a balance of consistentcy and change, which I understand is at least partially the basis for our desire for sensory experiences (due to comparatively dull office and living environments).
1. Lamps and track lighting can be adjusted and moved around, and could even be given small motors to move slightly or slowly (sort of emulating sun's progression). Or could the sun's effects within apartment be amplified somehow? The flickering light of a candle flame or fireplace is also great, are there good electric emulations of that or good convenient and safe (and cheapish) ways to light with flame?
2. Smells. I have this concentrated lime spray that smells great and natural (it's only lime), whereas most smells from incense, etc. have things I'm allergic to or just don't like. Recommendations for adding allergen-free smells, esp. dynamically, to an apartment (or appropriately for a workspace)?
3. Touch. I'd love to have an uneven floor, but don't know a good way to do this in an apartment.
4. Visual. Plants are great because they are always slightly changing and a great visual benefit, but it's hard to get the same level as being outside. Ideas?
One idea I had is to someone use chemicals that form an autocatalytic set whose reactions go through different colors, combined with other things. But I don't know how to do this. It seems someone else would've had this idea but I haven't found it.
Anything else related to making my apartment and office more like the outdoors is welcome.