Photography by Johanne Karlsrud
While furniture is usually designed for the masses — or at least for anyone who falls victim to the sensation of a burning wallet by the sight of a beautifully designed piece of furniture — design students from the University of Bergen had a quite different approach in their most recent effort. In collaboration with the Norwegian Correctional Services, the students have designed furniture for inmates at Bergen prison.
Focusing on the daily challenges of this particular user group, the students designed furniture that aims to ease anxiety and stress, furniture with a comforting effect, and furniture that is easy to manufacture — enabling inmates to craft the furniture themselves.
Prototypes of the pieces, which were shown at this months Stockholm Furniture Fair, span from daybeds to chairs, lamps and shelves, and they’re all designed with distinct purposes for the benefit of the user.