Macgyver Project 3
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UniversityWillem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam
The Macgyver Furniture is part of my graduation project from the Willem de Kooning Academy in 2012. Which is a research on ‘liquid’ design: design that adapts to new contexts, and resulted in a set of furniture only using prefabricated elements, that can be re-assembled after the use is no longer desired, allowing them to return to their original function.
This concept was based on two observation: at first, the extraction of resources from the earth is environmentally costly, therefor once resources are extracted and processed to semi-products they should remain within their constitutions for as long as possible, for re-molding or recycling materials is another energy costly undertaking. The second observation is that the cultural lifespan of products is often shorter than the material lifespan. In other words: products are out of fashion before they are worn out. Resulting in many products being thrown out while still being perfectly usable.
As a result, the Macgyver Furniture are made from the assemblage of pre-fab elements I found at hardware store in the area of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. These elements are connected only using connectors that can be unscrewed, such as bolts and nuts. In addition, I created several instruction manuals that allow anyone to recreate and improve these products.