Artists for Humanity is a Boston based organization who give disadvantaged youth the chance to develop their creative and entrepreneurial potential while becoming economically self-sufficient by providing them with paid employment in the arts. They do this by taking on clients, much like any other design firm, and offer a full range of services from art and design to production. The teens begin by completing an apprentice program, and recently the apprentices were inspired by the building in which they work (it’s LEED Platinum certified) to create a line of green furniture. The table pictured is one of three models that comprise the ReVision line the kids have created. They are made from used magazines, junk mail and no-VOC resin, and are currently on sale for $300-$650. The model shown is $650. Check out their site. They sell many more products, and if you aren’t up for shopping you can always donate to their cause.
What do you call the fruit of a simple idea that encompasses the complexities of human creativity? If you are Daniele Lago, you call it “Book.” The name is a perfect metaphor for the concept, as well as a blunt statement of its purpose.
Book is a shelving system designed to house, you guessed it, books (or whatever you want to put in or on it). The twist is that Lago gave consideration to the myriad forms books can take, and designed this system to take myriad forms. Like its namesake, Book can be whatever you want it to be and is only limited by your imagination and creative stamina.
The following is an excerpt from their site:
“Do you dream of a wall tree to climb on, to gather your books like precious fruits? With Book you can do it.
Do you dream of a life in colour inside a house in colour and do you think you would like to have all the colour shades in the world in your bookcase? With Book you can do it.
Do you imagine a bookcase that clambers up the wall, falling vertically like dominoes, or that takes on the features of a multicoloured maze? With Book you can do it.”
The minds at Bangdesign marry ecologically minded principles with lightweight aesthetics to bring us their Pli series. While the series offers a fully comprehensive and cohesive range of furniture, the individual pieces would provide an iconic focal point to any home.