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Juan Pablo Naranjo designs three cardboard installations in London
French designer Juan Pablo Naranjo has designed three installations named Help Me Darwin, Leaf Bed and Life Scene at 19 Greek Street in London from cardboard.
The purpose of this project was to give a sense of home in the worst of settings.
Help Me Darwin, was designed as a solution for habitat emergencies. It is constructed with the use of corrugated cardboard to create the basic elements of a human habitat by optimising the strength of the material. This is achieved by creating a screen that becomes a bed, a desk and few stools. Essentially 10 simple sheets of cardboard were utilised for this.
The Leaf Bed is constructed from cardboard which is locally produced. The strength of the bed depends on the mix of an inner structure with an outer envelope that creates “building blocks,” allowing the bed to resist loads up to 900 kgs with the use of as little as seven kgs of cardboard.
Life Scene takes the essence of the Leaf Bed’s principle by reconstructing the concept through the use of combining cardboard structures and minimal geometric volumes. The cardboard structure which spreads throughout the space as a landscape sets the perimeter that appeals our subconscious approach to a room setting in which a habitat can exist. In the installation at 19 Greek Street, simple blocks are used to represent a bed, a desk or a chair and cylindrical objects as a walkway for reinterpreting our experience in a home.
The installation is currently being field tested by the United Nations in Kenya.
19 Greek Street is London’s hub for international contemporary design. Established by designer and creative director Marc Peridis, the six-floor Victorian townhouse hosts an eclectic and contrasting mix of collections.