Journal | Furnishings
The design of furnishings has always been an important part of the complete environments we aspire to create in which individuals and groups have an opportunity to live rich and rewarding lives. As with everything we do here at O.A.W., our goal is protect and preserve precious natural resources by using recycled, recyclable, re-purposed, and/or low-environmental-impact materials in all of our designs in order construct more sustainable environments.
We all know the economy has slowed down. It effects us all in different ways. Here at Open Architecture Workshop we are creating ways to keep our brains stimulated, our hearts fulfilled, and hopefully generate some alternative income streams along the way as we transit this recession.
Furnishing design is at the core of the founding of O.A.W. with our goal to produce holistic design solutions that enhance dwelling at all scales and with all senses; and now that we have a little time on our hands we have an extraordinary occasion to explore design at a slightly smaller scale. One previous furnishing project already posted here was a custom bathroom mirror. While designed specifically for the Re:House, it was intended to be a production-worthy design. Future plans include posting design documents under Creative Commons licensing to permit anybody to build their own. This is also the case with the new range of furnishings in design by O.A.W.
In the spirit of “multiplicities” (coming soon), a bathroom mirror cannot just be a bathroom mirror. This custom mirror designed for a residence incorporates a light and a defogger, and is designed as a home furnishing so it could be mass-produced in the future, bought at your local contemporary home furnishings store, and installed in just about any bathroom (of course there must be an available electrical box – which most homes have above their current bathroom mirror).