Staying in one place for very long is, to some people, akin to no longer breathing. For those serial movers, those wandering souls who can’t stay still, belongings are pared down until all that remains can be carried in through the front door by a single set of arms.
Design student Naty Moskovich understands the wanderers. He set out to explore whether a suite of furniture could be broken down into its bare essentials and made of easy-to-assemble and disassemble components.
The resulting objects are known collectively as Movable Presence: a sofa, small table, bench, chair and shelves made of simple trestles and flat surfaces, all held together with brightly colored ratchet bands.
By removing the essential forms of these familiar objects and turning them into collapsible puzzle-like furnishings, Moskovich makes it possible for perpetual relocaters to own their own furniture – something many give up after the first few difficult moves.
But the crux of the project is its modular nature. If one piece is lost, broken or stained beyond repair, you simply find an object of similar dimensions and replace it. The shelves can consist of old cabinet doors; the tabletop can be a found scrap of pegboard or even an old microwave oven. The key here is to keep things light, collapsible and able to be moved on a moment’s notice.