Shoji Tanaka, President of Cosmo Power, inside the Noah earthquake and tsunami shelter.
No, the picture above is not one of our picks from our End of Year/End of Days Holiday Gift Guide. It's the "Noah," an emergency shelter made from enhanced fiberglass. Like the biblical hero, Japanese manufacturer Cosmo Power built the floating capsule to withstand giant waves and flooding, providing a temporary shelter from raging water and debris.
Next Wednesday, December 7th, "Noah" will be debuting in the United States at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City in conjunction with a special charity auction and gala benefiting Design Saves Lives. The non-profit organization is raising funds to benefit artists and designers affected by last year's earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. "Noah," along with almost 100 other designed objects and Japanese crafts are up for bid. For just $5000, you can take "Noah" home for you and have it ready for the next You can participate in the online auction here, or attend the live auction and gala if you're in New York City.
Design Saves Lives Charity Auction and Gala
Hosted by the Museum of Art and Design and Steelcase
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
6PM - 8PM
The Design Saves Lives charity auction coincides with MAD's Beauty in All Things: Japanese Art and Design exhibition. The exhibition opened last week and will be on view until February 2012.
Donate to benefit Design Saves Lives and lend a helping hand to Japanese artists and designers!