Here is an interesting bit of design that shows a different way of thinking. It is a storage unit, the start of a whole system, from Mexican designer Christian Vivanco. "From a Lost City" is inspired by the informal architecture of shanty towns.
"The origin of it was a conversation with a Brazilian friend about the situation in the favelas, the violence and how people survive in such a hostile environment," says Vivanco in Dezeen.
"In the end, this people is as happy or more that any of us, finding in simplicity the joy of life. I tried to recreate the feeling of this life experience in this furniture, not only as a design exercise, but also as a expression of respect for those favelados."
Like the shanty towns, it has an informal structure and employs mixed materials: oriented-strand board (OSB), bamboo and polycarbonate. More in Dezeen and Christian Vivanco.
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