Modern Contemporary Design


Small Steps rethinks waking rituals, from how we wake from sleep and start our day with a series of objects – and an integrated bathroom unit.

Designers Rui Pereira and Ryosuke Fukusada have rethought how we wake from sleep and start our days with a series of objects and an integrated bathroom unit. The goal is to make the transition smoother and more enjoyable, a series of “small steps”, daily rituals that start with that first look in the mirror…

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Say the designers, “The everyday moment of waking up is seldom a smooth transition from the dreamland realm to reality. It all starts with a pounding digital alarm clock, jumping off the bed and groggily rushing to the bathroom. In the search for a softer, more gradual and more enjoyable way of starting the day, we propose ‘Small Steps’, a tridimensional grid which provides a serene ambience to perform our small daily rituals.”

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“The morning time is intrinsically connected with the sunrise, but because of the commuting and early-day working schedule, most of us are only able to see the first rays of light a few hours after waking up. Having this in mind, we propose an integrated mirror which perceives our presence, so that, as soon as we step in the bathroom, we will be gradually and gently cheered by a brighter light, simulating the aurora and metaphorically symbolizing the start of a new day, every day. This pulsing light effect also emphasizes the basic condition of the reflectiveness of the mirror – that of potentiating a daily moment of introspection and confrontation with the self.”

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“Informed by a widespread tradition in Japan where people use a hot towel – normally given to the customers to tidy their hands before the meal – to lay it on their faces for a small moment of relaxation in public can be seen as a rude behavior. To re-contextualize this habit into the private realm, we create a towel holder tray, which invites the user to warm up the towel in the kitchen and bring them to the bathroom for a moment of joy.”

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Commissioned by Cotto ceramics, the installation was developed in collaboration with Ryosuke Fukusada for the ‘Cotto Another perspective 5 – Good Morning’ exhibition. This year curated by Naoto Fukasawa and presented during Milan Design Week 2017 at Ventura Lambrate.

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Source: Photos by David Vidal and Lasse Flode. Via MOCO Submit.

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