ReStyle Modular Furniture

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ReStyle: Multifunctional modular furniture.

ReStyle is a compact coffee table cluster.
ReStyle is two tables, two chairs
ReStyle is storage.
ReStyle is a desk, a seat, and a book-shelf.
ReStyle is a child’s dining table.
ReStyle is a TV and games unit.
ReStyle is a playground for children.
ReStyle is versatile.
ReStyle is sustainable.
ReStyle is whatever you want it to be.

ReStyle is not one object, but a cluster of multifunctional
modular forms. Each form is individually designed to serve
many purposes and to be of use in almost any room in
the house, but when needed the group comes together to
build one compact coffee table.

The whole ReStyle system invites purposeful interaction
with our living environment and the design promotes
product longevity through versatility.

Restyle Modular Furniture - Compact

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Why?
Sustainability can be understood in many ways and can describe many methods and outlooks. Whether it is the use of locally grown natural materials, or using a possibly more harmful man-made material, it is all about balance. For example, a large amount of energy is put into making a carbon fibre object, but if that object is used for the full material life of one thousand years, and has therefor eliminated the need for countless other materials to be used, then it can still be a sustainable use of materials. Wood is seen as an environmentally friendly material but similarly if we discard a wooden object before the material dictates then we are not using it sustainably. ReStyle exemplifies and promotes the balance that is the definition of sustainability. ReStyle does this not only through its materials but also through its attempts to prolong its own life-span by being endlessly versatile. It is far more than its constituent parts of chair, table, and storage. ReStyle shows how objects need never become just another of the troublesome superfluities that adorn our homes, and it does this by never becoming surplus to requirement. It is not a statement, or a showpiece, or fashion icon trying to be a piece of high
design-art...
... it is just useful sustainable design.

Who?
ReStyle is intended to be a dynamic piece of furniture that will adapt to whatever is needed from minute to minute, from day to day. Because it is designed to take on many different incarnations it is useful to adults and children alike. The ReStyle cluster is designed to be like an heirloom. The child’s chairs and table are designed to accommodate 3-12 year-olds and the other arrangements are useful to teenagers and adults. It is intended that the whole set will be something that can be passed onto to the next generation when they start their own families, and that the object can have a long and useful life span that many of today’s objects lack. Because of this intention to be passed down, the youngsters that use ReStyle will hopefully one day use it with their own children and this will mean that there will be memories and emotions attached to the furniture. This in turn will add to the longevity of ReStyle, through an emotional connection with the whole family.

What?
ReStyle is a compact coffee table cluster.
ReStyle is two tables, two chairs
ReStyle is storage.
ReStyle is a desk, a seat, and a book-shelf.
ReStyle is a child’s dining table.
ReStyle is a TV and games unit.
ReStyle is a playground for children.
ReStyle is versatile.
ReStyle is sustainable.
ReStyle is whatever you want it to be.

ReStyle is not one object, but a cluster of multifunctional modular forms. Each form is individually designed to serve many purposes and to be of use in almost any room in the house, but when needed the group comes together to build one compact coffee table. Each individual form can be used in conjunction with each other to further extend their functionality. The whole ReStyle system invites purposeful interaction with our living environment. The look of the ReStyle cluster is of a stylish natural wood coffee table with wipe clean surfaces. The wood and colour is optional as is the choice of faces to be covered, if any. Each of the chairs can be used as shelves or side tables, the child’s table can be used to add to the area of the main table, or can also be used with the chairs to form a cabinet style unit. There are so many other uses and interactions that are found through using the forms that the functions are only limited by the user’s imagination.

 

ReStyle photographs taken by Tom Dymond.