Until the moment we discovered the project Equilibrium, by young designers Maria Dal Canto and Lena Holzer, we had no idea of the existence of “paired furniture”. That is, pieces which require the collaboration of two people in order for them to function correctly. The images accompanying this text make clear the meaning behind this innovative design intended for two.
Inspired by pieces of furniture that are commonly used outdoors, especially, as the designers say, in parks and gardens, Equilibrium, which is made up of three pieces (a table, a chaise longue, and a double bench) conceals in its formal language a collaborative message full of humour that seeks out a connection between people.
“We created this project after having observed for some time people’s behaviour when they go to a park. In general, people who go to these open spaces prefer to choose the solitude of an empty seat rather than sharing space with the other visitors to these spaces. With Equilibrium, we’re taking a stand for communication, forcing people to share and to socialize during these moments of leisure,” they say.
The unique designs of these pieces, which are joined together as part of the structure of the seat, lies in the fact that if two people decide to use them at the same time, they are forced to establish a connection between both individuals, as the weight of one will influence the comfort and stability of the other. “Minimalist, simple, full of humour, made of tubular steel, wood and rope, these subtly designed pieces were born out of an idea proposed by our professor Claudio Larcher during our course at the University of Bolzano, in Italy,” say Maria and Lena.
“With Equilibrium, we’re taking a stand for communication, forcing people to share and to socialize during these moments of leisure”.
“We don’t know what will happen in a year once we’ve finished our studies, but what we definitely do know after the warm reception of the Equilibrium pieces is that we love design,” they conclude. A future of furniture with a new vision of everyday use.
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