Many sport climbers have entertained the idea of building a climbing wall in their own homes — but few of them ever actually pull it off.
Building your own climbing wall can be time-consuming, and it generally requires some basic woodworking experience, not to mention tools. Plus, where are you going to put it? Set it up outside, and you'll expose it to the elements — probably not the best way to treat something you'll be suspending your body from. Store it inside, however, and it presents an aesthetic problem. Not a lot of home decor goes well with plywood, 2x4s and hand-holds.
Enter NOVA, a climbing wall that's as much a piece of art as it is a bouldering tool. Created by the folks at LUNAR DESIGN, walls are assembled from individual panels (we're assuming these are modular, allowing you to use as many as you need to fill a designated amount of wall space) with geometric cutouts in place of the hand- and foot- holds you find on typical bouldering walls. Different climbing routes are selected via a mobile app, and illuminated by ambient lights that highlight specific holds.
According to LUNAR EUROPE, NOVA is part of a growing line of "active furniture" for the home. I happen to think it looks pretty awesome; it's not every day you see sculpture, tech, and design combined for the sake of what basically amounts to exercise equipment.
Having said that, it seems pretty clear that LUNAR kind of overshot its aesthetic target (most likely intentionally). Climbing walls as they exist today may not look right in most homes, but unless you're living in some kind of modern-architectural palace, chances are these panels are going to look equally out-of-place.
Still, A for effort. Maybe in 100 years, when every surface is a touch screen and we all travel around via maglev vacuum tube, every home will feature a glowing climbing wall that no one actually uses. Like a nordic track, only nicer to look at. [LUNAR DESIGNS via NOTCOT]