Design – At London Design Festival, Ukrainian furniture brand NOOM presents the Gropius Low Chair Military Edition. Originally designed in peacetime, the seat was then dressed with a wartime camouflage net to highlight the ‘before’ and ‘after’ mindsets every Ukrainian has been dealing with since February 24.
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Indeed, since the Russian invasion, Ukrainian designers focused on functional objects helping to solve problems in bomb shelters, temporary shelters, dugouts, temporary hospitals, and bombed houses. At the VinnSolard centre in the city of Vinnytsia, Kyiv-based art director and graphic designer Antonina Latayko and Nataliya Bakulina, producer and, until recently, editor of ELLE Decoration Ukraine, teamed up with volunteers to develop camp net-making techniques.
From here, NOOM wrapped its Gropius Chair with a 4.000-knots net and fabric stripes. The design aims to show “two periods of Ukrainian design: before and after February 24, and how the essence and principle of artistic design are changing in such a tense contrast to real-time objects in a particular historical context.” NOOM told Archipanic.
The furniture is on show in Ukraine.Design For Real-Time exhibition in the Brompton Design District [ 4 Cromwell Place, South Kensington SW7 2JE – map]. “Our installation is a manifesto – an attempt to draw attention to the fact that the war is not over; the war continues.”
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“We are grateful to be able to team up with Brompton Design District and its curator Jane Withers Studio to represent the theme of the festival ‘Make Yourself At Home. London Design Festival has become a temporary home for Gropius Low chair Military Edition, just as Europe has become a temporary home for hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians.”
NOOM is a young, fast-growing design company from Ukraine that produces furniture, lighting, decor, and home accessories. The multidisciplinary design team constantly explores new materials and experiments with innovative finishing techniques. “Our objects lie between design, art, and craftsmanship,” said the designers.
All photos by NOOM.