If you’re stuck at home this summer without the means to purchase a ticket to see the bright lights of New York or London, you might consider buying some “blackout blinds” with a modern twist that mimic those night cityscapes, just to tide you over for a while.
Blackout blinds were first popularized during World War II. Residents in urban areas of northern Europe were required to install the blinds, mostly made of black cotton fabric, over their windows to make it harder for Axis bomber planes to navigate through the night skies.
They’re now largely used in college dorms and by those who work the late shift, but companies such as HoleRoll in the Ukraine and Finnish company Aalto + Aalto have put a unique and modern twist on the standard model.holeroll
They’ve figured out a way to mimic skylines and other nightscapes, essentially by punching patterned holes in the fabric.holeroll
“Once you roll it out and the room becomes involved into pleasant half-light, and outside the window appears a beautiful view of the night city or the night sky,” Hole Roll says on its web site.weburbanist
The blinds not only mimic cityscapes but also “cast beautiful shadow upon the room and the objects in it.”aaltoaalto
And at night, if you leave the indoor lights on, you can still enjoy the scenery while seated outside on the front porch or patio.holeroll
How cool is this, and why did it take so long for someone to come up with such an amazing concept?!
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