Tuesday 25 November 2008

Design for s1ngles

One of my favourite projects presented at the Venice Architecture Biennale was S1NGLETOWN by creative agency Droog and dutch communications experts KesselsKramer. In their own words:
S1NGLETOWN focuses on the world of contemporary singles. Its relevance is broad, as all of us are likely to belong to this group at some stage in our lives — and likely more than once. In fact, some sources predict that a third of people in developed countries will be living alone by 2026. S1NGLETOWN is an exhibition that's also a town, an abstract interpretation of a new kind of urban space. Visitors will be able to walk its streets and interact with its products and citizens, and view their homes.

An example? This complex of chairs designed to force people into coming closer in public places.I may not be single, but I loved all the objects of S1NGLETOWN. My personal favourites? Those that managed to combine the architectural idea of space around us with fashion, of course. Some where meant to help singles find other singles, like this:

A JACKET FOR LONELY PEOPLE is a jacket made of velcro strips. The lonely single walks around their city, hoping to bump into someone else with the same jacket. On contact, the two jackets connect, creating an instant social situation. Made by COMPANY - Aarriu Song & Johan Ollin.

However, some designers realised that maybe a single would rather prefer to stay that way, and worked towards this purpose, like in this project:

LIFE DRESS is a means of creating instant privacy in crowds. The wearer activates air cartridges to inflate the skirt, turning it into a human-sized bubble. Made by AnnaMariaCornelia De Gersem.
Other designs were created while having in mind that both sad lonely and happy alone singles are likely to be rather messy.

MESSY is a wardrobe designed for people who like to throw their clothes, instead of tidily folding them. Made by Borikbasarinci - Ezgi Tuzun & Ozan Tuzan.
And last, but not least, something to cuddle when faced with a lonely evening after a long day.

NANNOLO is a stylish teddy bear for single grown-ups - hug it and never sleep alone. Made by Fucina - Martina Albasini.
What do you think?


Elena said...

Really really really nice stuff!!!!

Anonymous said...

ooh this is awesome, love the life dress!

Anonymous said...

A re Ollandia...

Elizabeth said...

Those ideas are all clever. I really like the velcro jacket, though. That's my favorite.

Juliet said...

I love the velcro jacket! That is such a fun idea. . .I love fun quirky clothes

InnyVinny said...

Amazing concept and exhibit. Love it.

Anonymous said...

πολύ ωραία ιδέα κ ακόμα καλύτερη η εφαρμογή της..:)

Anonymous said...

a third of people in developed countries will be living alone by 2026.
WTF?? Prospathw na apofasisw g to an einai kalo i kako na menei kapoios monos tou. To live alone or not to live?

Felipov said...

Also. Long before Nannolo