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.
Here’s a statement about this design from Moskovitch:
“collapsible state – this used to be a living room our contemporary style of living forces us to rethink our surrounding. the virtual digital environment makes our physical neighborhood as big as the whole world, and our possibilities for being is as endless as the web. this international state penetrates our physical surrounding and makes our lives more dynamic than ever before. our personal belongings are becoming things that we need to move occasionally from home to home. we move between apartments, cities, states and even continents. following our international life style, one day we are here, and in the other we live far far away. sometimes it seems that our possessions are defined by the size of the moving van or the container we need to move our self, and by that our ‘moving foot print’ is more important than our ‘present foot print’. what happens to our belongings that fail to move with us? can they keep on existing? can a non-collapsible sofa still exist in the contemporary life style? and what will be the life span of a non-collapsible chair, one that will just take too much space in the moving van? the non-movable items will probably find their way out to the garbage, and the movable items will be packed into the moving van and will stay with us in our next living environments. some companies understood this fact long time ago, and are producing furniture items that will only last for a short while, as they understand that our presence in a specific place is only temporary. ‘movable presence’ is a study of the range of personal necessities and surrounding objects in the contemporary life style, that is always on the move, stopping at certain points called home, but keeps on moving to the next ‘home’ in a short while. in this state of constant moving, the moment of packing is as important as the time of being. “