Design in Gabbia
by sabine7 / September 1, 2010


Design in Gabbia translates to "design in a cage", a tidy way of explaining a design initiative that takes place in a Venetian prison.



Using machinery already in prison workshops, about 40 prisoners are participating in this design project to create and produce practical, multi-purpose cotton accessories based on essential needs.

The shopping bag is full of pockets and a handy Velcro strip on the outside allows soft toys to be close at hand when impatient children need to be entertained during errands.


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The multipurpose apron bears stripes of Velcro to hold a variety of kitchen accessories such as oven mitts, dishcloths and potholders.


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The pouf is a soft storage container that collects extra bedding and pillows, especially useful for guests. Once full, the container becomes seating.


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The wall panel (to be hung horizontally or vertically) combines pockets and more Velcro strips to customize wall storage as needed.

Design in Gabbia came out of a collaboration by Anthony Knight, Studio Imegadito and Raffaella Brunzin, with support from the social co-operative Rio Terà dei Pensieri, which provides training courses and manages employment workshops for prisoners.

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