Fast Food Furniture is a worrisome trend
Do we really want our furniture to be inspired by burgers and hot dogs? We prefer Slow Food.
Treehugger has spent years decrying fast food and complaining about what's in hot dogs on the one hand, and promoting high quality furniture that you keep forever on the other hand. So we don't quite know what to think about this "Fast Food Furniture" that's being shown on Designboom.
Designed by Studio Job for Italian design brand Seletti, Designboom says it "marks the Italian brand’s introduction to the world of upholstered furniture, amalgamating Studio Job’s irreverent attitude and penchant for playfulness, with Seletti’s accessible affordability," but does not say what it costs.
The latest project, presented at Maison&Objet, ultimately marries the pop-spirit of America, Seletti’s passion for unconventional projects, and studio job’s cheeky creative approach. For the ‘fast food furniture’ collection, an open hot dog bun becomes the actual structure of a sofa and it hosts an upholstered sausage. Meanwhile, the bun seat is in the shape of a hamburger, while a pickled cucumber becomes an armrest and a slice of tomato a back cushion.
No word if the food or the buns are made with organic fabrics and fillings or whether, like most hot dogs, they are full of chemicals and artificial fillers and ingredients. And as for the idea of fast food furniture, I think what we really need is slow furniture, using slow design principles, as defined by TreeHugger's Collin:
Slow Design, much like its gastronomic predecessor, is all about pulling back on the reins and taking time to do things well, do them responsibly, and do them in a way that allows the designer, the artisan and the end user to derive pleasure from it. Just like Slow Food, it's all about using local ingredients, harvested and put together in a socially and environmentally responsible way. Above all, it emphasizes thoughtful, methodical, slow creation and consumption of products as a way to combat the sometimes overwhelming pace of life in the bigger-faster-now 21st century.
That's why these are on TreeHugger: a chance to discuss the intersection of slow food and slow design.