‘From A Lost City’ by Christian Vivanco is an exercise about today´s social behavior. Inspired by the Shanty towns all around South America, from las ciudades perdidas in Mexico city to las favelas in Rio de Janeiro, ‘From a lost city’ tries to preserve the improvisation´s essence, the grids absence, the disorder´s liberty.
In this case we are witnesses of a relationship between fabrics, wood sticks and boxes in different dimensions and materials (osb, bamboo and polycarbonate), all together to show us a different piece of furniture with a complete and efficient funcionality.
It can be used for storage, work surface, desk or kitchen furniture. The drawers come in different sizes, according to different necessities (office, kitchen, workshop, bedroom, living room, etc.).
“Shanty towns are units of irregular self-constructed housing that are typically unlicensed and occupied illegally. They are usually on lands belonging to third parties, and are most often located on the urban periphery. Shanty town residences are built randomly, although ad hoc networks of stairways, sidewalks, and simple tracks allow passage through them. Most are inaccessible by vehicle, due to their narrow and irregular streets and walkways and often steep inclines”.
The origin of the concept was a conversation with a brazilian friend of Christian Vivanco about the situation in the favelas, the violence and how people survive in such a hostile enviroment.
“In the end, this people is as happy as any of us, finding in simplicity the joy of life. I tried to recreate the feeling of this life experience in this furniture, not only as a design exercise, but also as a expression of respect for those favelados.”