OFFICE + RETROFIT by Sovrappensiero and Manerba


From Sovrappensiero Design Studio:

OFFICE + RETROFIT is a collection of furniture, created by a recovery intervention developed by Sovrappensiero Design Studio and built by Manerba to reuse their stock of old office furniture and to rethink a new feature, an aesthetics and formal reinterpretation of the products but also a new cultural perspective.

The word Retrofit suggests the installation of new devices or components into production systems that were not originally designed to receive them. This process arises in environments with large availability of old products and allows not only to retrieve the obsolescent object, but also to implement an upgrade of the product, that will be able to respond to new needs. The project idea is the balance between two different objectives: the first is to create a strong contrast with the traditional image of impersonal, institutional and rigorous offices, and the other is to make the production easy and cheap. The products are marketed through alternative retail channels, consistent with the spirit of the retrofit.

The collection of furniture OFFICE + RETROFIT is created by outdated structures from Manerba stocks, natural wood, polypropylene fabric and standard components. The original function and aesthetic of the product is converted so as to give the heat and variety of home-offices.

The collection includes:

• waiting bench with upholstered seats and wood structure.
• suspended chest of drawers from outdated structures, wooden strips and buttons
• panelled desk made by assembling old desks and Honeycomb panels
• planter created from old chests, wooden strips and industrial wheels
• wastebasket from outdated drawers, polypropylene fabric and industrial wheels
• bookcase made of gym ladder, shelves and cord
• Desk with trestles made from legs of desks, wooden planks and rope. Top made from damaged shelves and colored plaster
• vase assembled from industrial trolley and polypropylene fabric

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