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Matroshka Street Furniture
Matroshka Street Furniture
Matroshka Street Furniture
Matroshka Street Furniture
Matroshka Street Furniture
Matroshka Street Furniture
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The 'Matroshka Street Furniture' is a mobile installation which aims at a playful transformation of public spaces into places of co-operation. The basic idea is to use a simple design which is open to interpretation and allows to engage people of all ages in temporary place making strategies. Without predefining the function of its pieces a group can arrange and rearrange the boxes according to its needs, include the context of the urban space and play with it. Each time a new constellation is tested a new space gets created that depends on the group and the co-operation among its members.

The basic idea behind the concept is to maximise the amount of pieces while at the same time minimise storage space. All pieces can be stacked inside one big box which itself gets attached to a platform on wheels. Like that it can easily be transported by foot or even taken on public transport. The boxes, from the smallest to the biggest, have been designed to be stacked inside and on top of each other but also to be used on all their sides. That way it is up to the people using them to get creative, interpret its uses and create new situations together.

While the design can be different each time a Matroshka-set gets built, we suggest to build at least two with pieces that can be interchanged and combined into one. For that reason we called the sets tool-kits so that depending on the group-size and location one, two or a combination of both can be brought on site. Also depending on the budget, available material and storage space a group can decide how many sets they build but are also free to build more in the future and extend their tool-kit. Over time each group who made their own 'Matroshka Street Furniture' will gain knowledge about the most suitable sizes and materials for themselves. Like that the tool-kits can be remodelled, adapted and expanded. Have fun!

Julia Wildeis, Gerulf Weber, Christian Daschek.