Some rules are meant to be broken. But not many people would say that taking the windshield out from the cockpit of a car is a good idea. McLaren, on the other hand, thinks it’s a great idea – and now he’s made it a reality.
And yes – the term cockpit has perhaps never been more applicable in a car as opposed to a plane or even a spaceship than it is now with the new McLaren Elva. $1.7 million is just the base price for the new McLaren Elva; a sound system and other features are available for additional costs. But the lack of a windshield in the front is almost not an option at all (although in a few states it will be legally required, and even then it will still cost extra).
We have to admit – a windshield that isn’t attached to a roof of any kind might look funny.
Wait, no roof you say?
That’s correct! This car isn’t a convertible, where you have the option of taking the roof down at will – it’s actually roofless. But it does have something instead: an Active Air Management System, which is kicked into gear when the car is kicked above 25 MPH (it hasn’t been deemed necessary at suburban street speed limits). This system channels air through the cars front nose, and sends it out around the car rather than inside, creating an “air windshield.” This redirects air around the cabin, leaving the passengers with what McLaren describes as a “bubble of calm” inside. There is an additional small carbon fiber wind deflector at the front of the car helping to redirect the air as well. And with an the automatic rollover protection system, as we’ve seen in some other car models, the lack of a roof shouldn’t be a risk – despite its 804-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine. That combined with the lack of a sound system do seem truly engineered for a pure roading experience.
But does it work? The first drivers and passengers have said yes.
Will Lamborghini’s mission to disrupt the future of electric supercars work? You’ll have to stay tuned and find out.
Quirky Cycle Chandelier
Made from the chain wheels of old bicycles, this chandelier deserves a spot in a museum. Not only is craftsmanship out of this world, but it also boasts an incredible concept-to-reality transition. It must have been pretty difficult getting all the wheels to mold into shape like that.
What we really like about this piece is that aside from the variation in sizes of the chain wheels, they also vary in design. Some seem to be from older bicycles while others feature a modern design.
Old Piano to Bookshelf
A piano is definitely one of the more expensive instruments. So when your piano is finally bent out of shape, you may be a bit hesitant to throw the entire thing away. Luckily for the maker of this bookshelf, an old piano didn’t halt their creativity.
The top of the piano was taken out and cleared to make shelves to stock the books. They kept the keys intact to give it a more realistic feel. The curve at the top makes it a super unique decor for any home.
A Bouncy Swing
A trampoline and a swing – perhaps two of the most enjoyable things you can own. The bouncy fun derived from a trampoline can’t be compared with the free enjoyment you get from riding a swing, which is what makes their combination even better.
Give your backyard the ultimate makeover with a trampoline swing. After their trampoline became unusable, someone fashioned it into a swing. They added drapes at the top to make it look somewhat like a tent before using big chains and pillars to hold it in place.
Rustic Mini Fireplace
We figure this is what you’d find inside the home of a sea captain who misses their quests out on the oceans. The round object you see is actually an old sea mine. These destructive packages were originally made to hamper the movement of enemies into a border or to create a “safe” zone.
However, when diffused and opened up, these seem to make nice decorations. For this one, it’s a mini fireplace inside. The deep brown color with the blunt spikes makes it a perfect rustic-themed decor.
Perfect for the Outdoors
When you live by the sea, this is how you make the perfect outdoor furniture! Sure you can buy readymade ones that match the theme, but nothing will beat a good DIY job. Living by the beach also means one more thing – there will never be a dearth of old, unusable boats.
After finding one, someone figured it would be a great addition to their outdoor setup. They filled the slot of the boat with cushions and pillows before attaching a makeshift umbrella to one of the sides.
Whimsical Musical Waterfall
This is what we imagine the garden of a Disney princess would look like. How can you even make a princess without the classic romantic tunes? This outdoor piece seems to have come out of a fairytale. The top of the piano has become home to a patch of colorful flowers while water flows out through the keys.
Although we love the idea of a musical outdoor fountain, this wouldn’t last more than one summer. The wood would warp soon and water would splash out of everywhere.
Taken from a Fairytale
Usually, when the average person breaks a pot, their first impulse is to throw it out. However, when you’re creative, you can find treasures in even the most unlikely cases. This fantastic work had a pretty humble start.
A castle was set in the middle with trees surrounding it to give it the OG mystical vibe. Then, steps were carved along the cracks of the pot. The plants are real too, so the pot is being used for what it was originally made for.
Crib Turned Table
Isn’t it ridiculous how we spend so much money on children’s clothes, toys, and furniture when they grow out of it ridiculously quickly? You could’ve sworn you got that crib like a month ago and now your kid is walking into his first preschool.
That’s how it works – children grow up super fast. It’s not always possible to hand things down to a younger family member. This is when you get the cogs in your brain to work faster. A table fashioned out of an old crib? Genius!
Unique Sink Sand
Whoever made this definitely has a knack for recycling. Why else would they consider recycling an entire bicycle? A bicycle has multiple parts that you can reuse after it’s unusable. Many people use it to make furniture or home decor.
Not many think of doing two-in-one. While this bicycle sink stand wouldn’t fit in with a lot of interior styles, it fits in perfectly with the rest of the setup here. Given the design of the sink, we think the bathroom belongs to a very artistic mind.
Aquatic Life Inside
We’re led to believe that most people who own a piano, try to conceive of ways to reuse it after it’s broken. We wouldn’t blame you – it’s a pricey piece of instrument. Setting up an aquarium inside a piano is definitely a brave move.
Although the setup looks incredible, with the aquatic and underwater plant life visible through the glass, maintenance would be really difficult. The back has subtle yellow lighting to accentuate the mood. Imagine the disaster if that burst!
Perfect for Carrying the Cat
Typical cat parent struggle is spending more on your car than you did on yourself only for your devilish feline to be more fascinated with the box the stuff came in. It’s almost as if this suitcase was made for cat owners to reuse it as a cat bed.
The size, the shape, and the color too! The owner added a strip of lace along the sides to make it more welcoming for her feline. What’s best is that their cat actually seems to like its new bed.
Simple Yet Clever
You don’t need fancy equipment and gear to do a great recycling job. Sometimes, all you need is the right idea and a handful of tools. Here’s a great idea you can try with your kid’s next skateboard. Once it’s done serving your child, make it into a swing!
If there’s a tree in your backyard, find a sturdy branch and a long, strong rope. Attach the rope along the crevices of the wheels and you have yourself a new swing in under minutes!
Resemblance to Human Anatomy
This picture made us do a double-take. Doesn’t it look like the spine of a freakishly long animal that’s been bent at two angles? Thankfully, it’s a clever composition of coat racks. The hooks at the top have been removed before they were glued to a metal frame.
The progression of hangers continues until the very last bend of the chair. While it’s a fun piece to look at, it probably offers a very uncomfortable sitting experience. With the curved ridges, this is a nightmare for your back.
Rings of Chains
Not only are bicycles a hundred times better for the environment, but many of their parts are recyclable. If the bicycle was of good quality, the gears and bits inside should still be functional once it can’t run anymore. Across the world, bicycles have been repurposed into many things, mostly decor.
This gorgeous chandelier is made from chains derived from old bicycles. If you squint, it almost looks like it’s made from strips of rhinestones. The metal glows brightly in the dark under the light of the bulb inside.
A Porsche Pool Table
When you’re that rich you can use an old Porsche as a pool table! That might not even be a real Porsche but the idea is 100% original and we love it.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if they had one of these at every car dealership so you can pass the time while waiting for your car to get fixed? The glossy red paint gives a much-needed pop of color to the otherwise neutral room. This table could also be used as a prop to take amazing photos!
Vroom Vroom, Baby
Did you know they make scooters that small? These adorable little vehicles are going to be the ideal setup for a very hip baby photoshoot. Rocking chairs in the market right now offer a plethora of choices – from patterns to colors, shapes, and designs, but we think this scooter one is our favorite.
While all the other babies are riding their giraffe or lion-themed rocking chairs, your child will be on this! We’re sure they’ll thank you for it when they check out their childhood photos as an adult.
Salvaged From Many Shipments
What are the biggest disadvantages of being a shopaholic? The constantly empty wallet, the need to do retail therapy when you’re feeling the slightest bit of sadness, or the overwhelming amount of boxes you have to deal with on a regular basis? Seriously, the box problem is annoying!
It gets worse when the shipment arrives in wooden cartons as they’re harder to discard. A creative shopper/buyer positioned multiple wooden crates on top of each other and attached them. They were left with a beautiful multipurpose shelf.
A Green Approach
This is the only acceptable way for plastic to be floating on water bodies. It’s no surprise that the alarming plastic problem has taken over the planet, polluting our oceans and harming aquatic life. Recycling is good but it’s not been able to put a dent in the entire situation.
To tackle this problem, many are going plastic-free or trying to come up with permanent alternatives to it. Plastic boats are surely not feasible but we love the message! You could comfortably take a joy ride on a lake.
Take Chicks for a Ride
When you hear the term “taking a couple of chicks for a ride,” this might not be the first thing you think of, but it’s endearing. That rusty car would not be of much use. Unless you sell it for a few dollars at the nearest junkyard, cars as rusted and dented as these serve no purpose.
A clever farmer thought of a great way to reuse one, though. By placing nets all around the windows and doors, they made it into a safe coop for their chickens.
Door to Nostalgia
A collage is a great way to store memories so you can reminisce from time to time. One of the more popular ways of making a collage is pinning a lot of polaroids, film strips, or photos to a board.
Here’s an innovative approach to it. This wouldn’t work with every home as it has to fit a certain aesthetic. Each window slot of the door is fitted with one photo. The person who owns this also put it in efforts to match it with the rest of their interior.
Time Never Stops
Metal frames used in bicycle wheels are generally reusable. You could sell an old bicycle with a solid foundation and make a reasonable amount. Or, you could make it into fancy decor. There are actually quite a few restaurants and cafes in the world that base their entire decor off of recycled parts from cars and bicycles.
This wheel watch serves as a constant reminder that time never stops for anybody (Did you get that?) The thin metal strings provide the perfect backdrop for the chunky hands used.
Vase of the Future
Not everyone is fond of the contemporary or modern decor that’s popular today. Some people like vintage, others choose unique themes like neoclassical or baroque, and some like the futuristic concept. Futuristic is defined by minimalist creativity in distinct furniture shapes – angular or curved, made from metal or glass.
Large furniture, classic lines, and sleep designs define this unique theme. Pipes, however, may not have been the conventional approach. However, with the hand statue next to it, these pipe vases giving a splash of colors look pretty cool.
Vintage Nightstand Lamps
With the internet taking over, we are ushered into an age of digital messages and communication. Most people don’t want to sit down and pen a letter, which automatically decreases the need for stamps to be printed.
If you know someone who still can’t get over a good ol’ stamp, this is the DIY present you should consider. Old books serve as the base for these lamps while stamps are glued across the top cover. The golden light from the bulb combined with the stamps to give a soft glow.
A Majestic Office Desk
If our office desk looked that good, we wouldn’t be able to get any work done. How can we when it looks that majestic? You could spend hours just admiring all its details. A piano was repurposed into an office desk and it looks amazing!
Granted, it’s not the most practical desk you could get that increases your efficiency, but it would be a stunning addition to your workroom. You could also use it as a showpiece and just keep books on top.
Bed for Sailors
Here is a bed set for a sailor. This boat bed is fun, creative, and very aesthetic. We aren’t sure about the comfort, though, as it does taper at two ends, but we think this would be a beautiful piece of furniture for anyone living by the beach.
Judging from the fluffy covers and pillows, it wouldn’t be the worst thing to sleep on even if you’re into that theme. This could be a great gift for a teenager obsessed with boats and pirate stories.
Throne Fit for Royalty
Unlike dogs, cats have a much more disinterested, chic aura. These crafty felines like their own space, which makes us humans a sucker for their style. Are you even a cat parent if you’re not going out of your way to treat your cat like royalty?
Look at this chair designated for the family’s cat. I was crafted out of an old chair. With brand new cushions and a print of the cat in the seat, this chair announces your love for your buddy. The cat still looks disappointed.
Glass Hat Hangers
Why use generic old hat hangers when you could make one for yourself that’s three times as cool? These are made from glass bottles too! The design itself is pretty basic. However, it’s elegant and chic – perfect to hang your favorite headgear.
Take three to four bottles and slice them off at a 45-degree angle where the neck meets the body. Glue them to a glass board and let cool. Hang it at the door and there you have it!
Multipurpose Medicine Cabinet
There’s just something about old vintage luggage that the practicality of modern-day luggage cannot be. It could be the beautiful tan color, the intricate detailing, or our general love for antique pieces. Regardless, everyone will love this vintage medicine cabinet.
It was made from an old suitcase. As the suitcase already had partitions in the middle, it was only a job of reinforcing those. They even added a mirror to the outer case before hanging it up. Why use old bathroom mirrors when you can have these?
That’s a Fly Conference Table!
At first glance, you might think this is a very futuristic table with sleek interiors and an elegant finish, and it rightly is so. After all, not many people could think about reusing the engine of a jet as a conference table.
This is actually an old Boeing 747 jumbo jet engine. The gigantic red fan sets the premise of the design. We love how the designer kept the pointed tip as a reminder of what it truly is. With chairs set up around it, this table was finally perfect.
Gorgeous CD Mirror Frame
Do you remember the time when CDs and DVDs were a thing or are you Gen Alpha? Back when the internet and cloud weren’t that big, people used to store data in these compact discs. CD art became a huge deal once people realized the potential of the sleek holo backs.
Thanks to their shiny backs, CDs resemble glossy quartz to an extent. This mirror is a perfect example of how trash turns into treasure when you know how to tweak it the right way.