Cast-Away Furniture is a project I developed during the course of two years of researches. The project planned to look into producing different types of furniture such as chairs, tables and bookcases, using cast-away material reclaimed from the streets of London
The items were then subsequently reintroduced into the public space, and field research has been carried out as to how they were employed by the citizenship.
THE SOCIAL REASON
The aim is to observe what behavioural patterns arise when objects that are generally perceived as belonging to the private sphere are left “unsupervised” for public use, in order to assess whether a sense of community can be reinforced through the employment of design ideas.
Since our attachment to privately owned objects is so strong, perhaps generating a stronger sense of collective ownership of our public spaces could revive our concern towards what we share as a community.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL REASON
The purpose of the project is to create awareness towards recycling using urban furniture. Recycling materials promotes the establishment of a positive organic cycle, where abandoned public spaces are brought to a new life by introducing objects of design made by equally neglected materials.
The project aims to face the challenge of a democratic idea of design and to deduct its relevance in our everyday lives.
I created some labels to be attached to the furniture saying
"I'm a CastAway piece of furniture, use me around as you wish but please don't take me home"