Homely Pew

Resurrecting the idea of converting the church pew-to-bed for the needy is the latest brainchild of Spanish architect, artist and industrial designer Curros Claret.

Claret explores the multi functional possibilities of the wooden prayer bench and redesigns it with a backrest that reclines to transform into a bed.

Inspired by the historic association of churches to provide refuge for pilgrims, war causalities and the homeless, Claret hopes to extend this benefaction “to marginalised individuals (homeless, drug addicts, abandoned ) but others with few resources like recently arrived immigrants, young visitors to a fair or a musical festival, and mugged tourists.” His socially conscious designs aim to build upon different ways of human interactions with their surroundings and with animals, identify and address the gaps in between in a practical and meaningful manner.

Claret’s new design has recently been presented at the Galeria H2O in Barcelona.

Photography Credit: Xavi Padrós

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Pure White

Dutch product and interior design studio Bo Reudler Studio launched 3 new products as a part of a furniture series bizarrely dubbed Slow White.

First of the three pieces, Slow White mirror is an adjustable, freestanding mirror which stands at 2 m. The frames are made of gathered temperate-forest wood (beech, birch, cherry or oak), recycled timber and finished with a coat of white linseed-oil paint. While Slow White lamp is a crooked free-standing lamp with translucent shade also made of gathered wood.

A hybrid between a sculptural object and perhaps a furniture piece, Golden Television is the last of the three products by Reudler. Appearing to have no apparent function, however Golden Television is “a mobile and wireless television, equipped with a window for watching ‘live’ events, which “change the views as you like or place an object inside to observe it…[with] unlimited channels.”

Reudler claims inspiration from the temperate woods of the Netherlands and approaches designs and the use of natural materials with a Bachelardian sensitivity. Slow white series has derived its principles from the idea that nature’s intricacy, arbitrariness and rawness has been tamed and designers need to renew the human connection to nature.
Website http://www.boreudler.com

Photography credits: Bo Reudler Studio

No Child’s Play

Unique, charitable and playful are three words to describe the installation design of Italian architect Federico Delrosso dubbed Contaminazioni, featured at the Nhow Hotel in Milan late last year.

The limited edition Contamina Seat is a unit of the installation, whose form is derived from a basic truncated pyramid and found replicated in various finishes, hues and materials such as steel, felt and wood. Functional in both indoor and outdoor environments, also available are matching tables and bookcases. Contamina’s design process has been quite special because Delrosso actually takes design as a serious yet an discovery exercise, similar to what a child does while playing with toys.

Contaminazioni features a total of five chairs representing the cultural heterogeneity of the five continents. The resultant design is an aggregation of void and solid volumes of the chairs, allowing for the creation of three dimensional mazes, particularly fun for children. Delrosso thus explores the playful aspect of Contaminazioni.

Delrosso’s installation elevates itself to become a charity action because several Contaminazioni pieces will be sold and proceedings donated to international charity organisation Save the Children.

Website http://www.federicodelrosso.com