Sometimes you need to hide from prying eyes, even in the supposed privacy of your own home. The concept of requiring a sanctuary within a sanctuary inspired ‘Orwell’ by Alvaro Goula, a piece of furniture that combines a sofa bed with a cabin-like outer structure that enables the users to completely shut themselves off from the rest of the room.
Referencing the author of the iconic dystopian novel ‘1984,’ this piece could certainly satisfy the privacy needs of the ultra-paranoid, but it also recalls the magic of building blanket forts as children, feeling safe and cozy inside.
Made of heavy quilted curtains that insulate against sound and light, the removable cover rolls up to reveal a semi-enclosed space that can e used either sitting up or lying down.
“Orwell is a piece of furniture somewhere between a sofa, a bed, and a ‘cabin’, as it was called in the design studio before it was christened with the surname of the ‘1984’ writer. The name references the original idea of the product which was to recapture that intimacy which can sometimes be lost, even within our own homes.”
“Orwell invites you to rest it in its interior and resuscitate that childhood memory of a ‘cabin’, that magical, hidden place that all children wished they had. The heavy quilted curtains insulate against sound, and its size, similar to that of a bed, allows it to be used either sitting or lying down.”
About designers Goula / Figuera:
“Pablo Figuera (Madrid 1988) and Álvaro Goula (Barcelona 1989) are design graduates from Elisava (Barcelona) and Bachelor of Arts by the University of Southampton. After working for a few design studios, in 2012 they set up Goula / Figuera.”
“Since then, their work has been in the middle point between conceptual and commercial design, where the industry values and the creativity converge and feed back each other. When designing, Pablo and Álvaro hold from the beginning to an undeniable principle: the obsessive care about the object’s shape, which expresses aesthetic values through its material, the respect for the fabrication process and, of course, usefulness. Their works expect to be elegant and easy to understand, but always running away from funny references and superficial decoration.”