If you've ever been stuck in an airport due to weather, industrial action, or even a volcano, there comes a point where you've probably felt like giving up and building yourself a hotel room in the waiting area. That idea is no longer completely mad because designers Roberto De Luca and Antonio Scarponi, working for the Swiss firm daskonzep, have come up with a private space that folds up into a roller trunk.

The four meter square (43 ft2) Hotello concept “room” is aimed at making use of abandoned urban spaces, such as warehouses and factories. It consists of a metal frame with translucent and sound-absorbing curtains and looks more like something you’d find in a hospital ward than a hotel.

The whole kit packs away neatly into a roller trunk along with a collection of elbow lamps and flat-pack puzzle pieces that can be used to construct furnishings with which to turn the space into a (very modest) hotel room.

One clever bit about Hotello is that the flat pack pieces can be used to build a number of configurations, such as a double bed, a desk, a table or a chair, so it makes up for its translucent lack of privacy with a degree of versatility.

Hotello will be presented at the Fuorisalone 2013 as part of Milan Design Week, which runs from April 9 to 14.

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