From "the stories of socks" Greg Papove has created a collection of furniture and lighting.
Five Toes Coffee Table
Socks + Furniture consists of a coffee table, floor lamp, and sofa. Says Papove, "The collection is an example of how, if you challenge yourself not to overlook life's simplicities, inspiration can come from anywhere - about how even the most banal objects can be shown in a different light, and about taking what we can from stale items to create new and thought provoking ones."
"Through this project I explored material production methods, human-to-object interactions, and opportunities for repurposing existing objects. I set out with the challenge to create a series of furniture that would be created and derived from the stories of socks."
"Looking at a variety of socks, their functions, and social relevance, I isolated qualities that could be applied to furniture. The resulting collection consists of three pieces, each exhibiting a sockyness derived from a different quality possessed by socks."
The Zap Lamp, a floor lamp with a shag carpet base, is derived from interactions with socks and their ability to generate static electricity. The user shuffles their socks on the rug to generate static electricity which is then transferred through static electric shock to the lamp through the user's finger.
A low sensitivity touch switch transfers the static shock to turn on the light. The lamp is set with an adjustable timer to turn itself off. "This lamp provides mood lighting and offers a fun new way to interact with objects in your living space" explains Papove.
The Unity Sofa takes a more literal approach, a slipcover hides the individual chairs much like socks hide individual toes. It takes inspiration from team uniforms and is physically and visually unifying to give new life to discarded chairs. A playful sofa concept that promotes the reuse of existing objects and allows individual chairs an opportunity to work together to provide comfortable seating.
Five Toes Coffee Table
The Five Toes Coffee Table takes its inspiration from toe socks and is supported by five legs. The table is designed for assembly and disassembly using socks as press-fit fasteners. This fitting method allows for the table to be flat packed and easily transported. As common socks are used for the fasteners the user has can customize the appearance of the table with, plain, coloured, or mismatching socks. The tabletop surface is a material blend of cotton and a gypsum polymer resulting in a textured hard surface.