Future Evolution House, Wien Future Evolution House, Wien

:: New Mobility ::

From the THINK to the BMW i3

As electric cars go, we have moved a long way up the evolutionary chain since we moved into our Future Evolution House. Our very first was the bubbly Norwegian "Think" which looked so cute we nearly gave it a pet name. We then progressed to a great zippy little Mitsubishi i-Miev, then on to try what my family called (not without a certain amount of humour) a typical ladies’ car – the smoothly designed Renault Zoe. While I gloated about how I could sneak smugly into tiny parking spaces, the men (my husband and two boys aged 17 and 21) preferred the long Opel Ampera (a range extender with approx 30km electric range) with it’s sexy low slung body.

But everything changed when the new BMW i3 electric car arrived. The family said to me very firmly, "Don’t drive it, you really won’t like it, it’s not a women’s car". Now I have driven it I know why. They want it to themselves. For the first time, we are actually fighting about who is allowed to drive when we go out together. If our dog could talk, she would probably be petitioning to take the wheel too!

It was not quite love at first sight – more like, love at first fright. It looks strange, but in a good way. The kind of way, that when you are driving about people stare. At first it was a bit disturbing driving down the street and noticing that every 2nd (male) person was turning to look at the car. But now I wonder what is wrong with them if they don’t turn to look! Once while I was waiting in a dark garage for a friend I noticed people were circling around the car like sharks not sure if they wanted to take a bite. They were so curious that they didn’t notice me, and I heard all sorts of strange remarks.

Once when I was parked on a street a boy of about 10 came running towards the car, exclaiming to his father, "look it’s the electric BMW i3". His father wasn’t convinced and certainly not impressed. Not until I showed him the carbon fibre body, the fact the back door opens the other way, the roomy interior with its cool fibre recyclable panels, and gushed about the acceleration and range.

Thanks to the car I have had more talks with complete strangers in the last few months than at any other time in my life. It is, without doubt, a car to win over the e-car skeptics.

For about a year we tried out THINK, a cute little e-two-seater from Norway and had great fun driving it. Small, agile, smart!


 

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BMW i3

www.bmw.at/i3


We are drawn to Dornbracht by their consequent design and philosophy around the theme of water.

Minimalism meets technical expertise, plus innovation, and excellent personalized professional advice. And they still find time to support the arts, explore world food culture and bathing rituals and innovate.

www.dornbracht.com


Alape is not just about sinks. It is about individuality and shaping space. A great challenge for a bathroom, but one that they rise to with great success.

In a time where bathrooms are becoming ever more central to interior design, they have responded with a clear and clever range of simple but stunning sinks.

www.alape.com


Italian kitchen design at its best.

"Duemilaotto" by our favourite designer Piero Lissoni stands out for its distinct tactile look. A bold but beautiful combination of elegant kitchen block and cupboards contrasted cleverly with a weathered wooden dining table top. Made from pinewood salvaged from a 100 year old Italian mountain hut it brings individuality plus authenticity and history back into modern design.

www.boffi-berlin.de


Quooker is a small, simple but brilliant product that ticks all the boxes for being part of a future house.

It saves energy, makes life easier, and you can throw a bulky appliance (the kettle) away. The Quooker delivers boiling water on tap (literally), and as a British 3 litres-of-tea-a-day drinker, this is one of my favourite future house innovations.

www.quooker.com


The distinctive modern signature look of the flooring from this Danish company belies the fact that it was founded in 1898.

Four generations later they are still a friendly family firm, with carefully managed forests whose philosophy seems to say "we look after the trees, and you look after the wood."

www.dinesen.com


Liebherr are constantly working to improve the efficiency of these traditionally energy-gobbling appliances.

The company do not just think environmentally, but also about the environment inside the fridge itself – with their BioFresh drawers to keep food fresher for longer.

www.liebherr.com