With all the trappings of a traditional beach shelter, this shade structure is a way of creating cozy space within open floor plans – and a sense of outdoor relaxation in indoor areas. Everything from the open-ended design to the color scheme practically screams “relaxation,” and makes us wonder why we don’t see indoor shelter structures more often.
Maurizio Prina is an Italian industrial designer who created Pause using a southern European visual language of temporary structures, vibrant colors and minimalist decor.
It is intentionally work-unfriendly – a place of softness for sitting (or more likely) laying down, where leisure becomes the only possible type of activity. Side flaps can be adjusted to let in light or create other points of access.
Maurizio Prina’s description of the piece:
“These days cosiness is a very rare luxury, so I’ve thought about a space where anybody can relax, read, rest and even have guests. Where anybody can feel at home. An “home inside a home”. This hut is composed by modules made with colored cloth, built over an iron structure. You can change the colors and combine them. This name is a declaration of intents and it has a meaning in different languages: pause.”
More info about the designer:
“Maurizio Prina was born in 1985 in Biella. After an artistic degree in Novara and an Industrial Design class at “IED Istituto Europeo di Design” of Milan he started to work, from 2006 to 2018, in renowned and multi-awarded Milanese Studio’s coming to cover the role of senior designer/project manager and taking care of the different aspects of design for industry.”
“Not only the design for products, furniture, lamps and furnishing accessories but he also follows exhibit design for fairs, commercial spaces and museums. The studio also deals with graphic design, creative direction and design consultancy, for classic brands but also with new start ups.”