Mini Capsule Hotel by Atelier Van Lieshout



Mini Capsule Hotel, a six-bed dorm by Atelier Van Lieshout, featured in an outdoor installation called Never-EverLand at Design Miami/Basel earlier this month.


Curated by Natalie Kovacs and presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, the installation was billed as a "dystopian/utopian garden of unearthly delights".


Mini Capsule Hotel was bought by actor Brad Pitt (below), who apparently plans to install it on his private beach.


Above photos are by James Harris. See more Atelier van Lieshout work in our earlier story.


Here's some text about Never-EverLand:


Never-EverLand curated by Natalie Kovacs at Design Miami/Basel and presented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

Never-EverLand was a dystopian/utopian garden of unearthly delights (a send up of the corporate VIP lounge/oasis) featuring Atelier van Lieshout’s Mini Capsule Hotel – which functioned as the place to be for a disco nap/to crash or to say you spent the night at ‘Brad’s’ after Pitt bought it.


The Mini Capsule Hotel was integral to Never-EverLand, offering visitors the opportunity of a 24 hour slumber party, playing on the themes of Peter Pan’s NeverLand and punctuating the exhibition of utilitarian sculptures (by CWG artists) by using Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as a metaphor and precursor to the current economic situation.


‘Never-EverLand offers collectors the ultimate ‘design high’/wonderland in this sculptural playground for 24 hour party people. The Mini Capsule Hotel by Atelier Van Lieshout sleeps 6 couples, allowing people to crash sur-place.’  Natalie Kovacs, Curator.

Never-EverLand was the first in a series of design led initiatives to be hosted by Carpenters Workshop Gallery in collaboration with Kovacs to create an alternative canvas for design-driven dialogue.

‘Collaborating with Kovacs, from an alternative contemporary art perspective allows us to elevate the conversation using design as a sculptural rather than a decorative medium. We are evolving with the next generation of artists, such as rAndom International and presenting challenging and inspiring experiences, for example, their very Duchampian ‘Audience’ installation which proved to be a mind expanding crowd pleaser.’  Loic Le Gaillard, Partner, Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

‘Creating unforgettable encounters for our visitors is the goal, we really like to encourage the ‘What the F—k? factor, which is the reaction we’re getting from our exhibitions, we’re literally inspiring a ‘design high’’ Julien Lombrail, Partner, Carpenters Workshop Gallery.

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  • Darren

    i wonder what happens if you have a neighbor who snores real loud?

    • Bill

      There is a place in China that actually asks elderly and fat people (not even joking) if they snore and they put them in a separate section!

  • brad

    who gives a shit about who buys it?

    oh and shouldn’t he be “making it right” somewhere else?

  • kanye east

    i wish i had a private beach like brad…. /sigh

  • … good for homeless, thanks Brad

  • One

    G g g g … g great… t t t (as Real Japanese Comic strip)

  • nolok

    punky punky solid trash

  • bodkin

    they’ve definitely succeeded in encouraging a “what the f**k?!” response alright. Humanity’s propensity for utter, utter BS knows no bounds it seems. And well done Brad for buying into it. I’m sure it’s not just a cheap publicity stunt at all. Like when he “worked” in Frank Gehry’s office. Idiot

  • boemba

    This unnecessary criticism of the purchase seems ridiculous.
    The piece is about alternative housing, Brad is a huge supporter of Architecture for Humanity, is highly intelligent in his taste and considerate of investing in alternative solutions for living, his collection is bold and daring and allows artists to design and create with unlimited freedom since no museums or collectors have the balls to invest in a rabbit hutch minicapsule hotel / boutique hotel send up. Whomever has nothing better to do but criticize should maybe invest that time in constructive contribution and doing some reading b4 finger pointing, to all the negativity, GET A LIFE!

  • intelligenzia

    Yes, the “what the F**” factor is what this universe needs, a bit of wonderment, bewilderment and like all great architecture , art and design, a slightly sensational euphoric epiphany, since like all Atelier Van Lieshout work screams of the mantra ” ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”. If anyone is actually engaging, Carpenter’s have recently initiated an even more design sublime xxxhibition with the What the F** factor, worth visiting at LTB… a total design high

  • Leandro Locsin

    good looking dove house! i cant believe humans can dream so loowww

  • on web 6,890,000 for “brad pitt” design OR architecture >
    1, 400,000 for “philippe starck”

  • Matt Wright

    Are ugly people allowed to stay in that thing?

  • anonymous

    worthless without at least a communal toilet and shower.

  • nora

    wow , inventing bedroom for outdoor use, i dont even have one for
    indoor use for my son and I. Some people are so lucky

  • sanjay dutta

    would like to have contact details of designer/architect/technology for setting up night shelters for homeless in India.


    sanjay dutta

  • bubbah

    It would be amazing to see these be donated to public parks for the homeless
    not only in India but the world. This idea to host the slumber party at Basel was really a comment on the inaccessibility of these types of events which are important cultural research centers for academics, who can’t find an affordable way to attend.
    This exhibition was a metaphor for a larger conversation that hopefully is going to send a domino of proactive thinking

  • Ashley Clark

    Budget hotels, homeless shelters, music festival accommodations, airport stays, … I love the idea. Put it on wheels! He's really shaken up how we look at solutions for our most basic needs in a very conceptual, yet functional interpretation.

  • Jeff

    Just search capsule hotel Japan in google. The first one opened in 1979.

  • I think Micro hotel is more appropriate, especially since a few hotels around the world has begun to experiment with smaller rooms of varying sizes. Some slightly bigger, some even Smaller!