Two exhibitions present works by design students from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences Institute of Design and Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden.
The Lobby Chairs by the students from Lahti were created using recycled furniture elements from Martela. The Stockholm students’ creations, however, are interpretations of the theme “free forms of inspiring encounter”.
In spring of 2011 design students from the Lahti University of Applied Sciences Institute of Design were challenged with creating a personal chair for a lobby. A clear task – but with a twist: only recycled items from Martela could be used. The works on display are the result. Each student picked two items and modified or combined their components to create a third item: a lobby chair of their own design. Use of other small parts in critical places (for example, screws or small structural elements) was allowed, but most of the materials were to be from the recycled pieces.
The contributions of the students from Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm were more generally defined. The students were tasked with considering and creating working environments that provide places for frequent accidental meetings and encounters. Anything that could promote such a space was open for use – from traditional elements like furniture to acoustical elements, color schemes, space design and anything between.
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