2017年2月，巴塞罗那因移动通信展而热闹非凡，多样化的活动在城市的各个角落展开，向世人展示活力十足的本土文化与创意。借此机会，Mermelada Estudio也受Arranz Bravo邀请，展出其第一个城市家具设计项目 – “桥梁”。设计被安置在临近展会区域的欧罗巴广场，而在展会结束后，它将被移至市域内的另一地点展出一年。
This week Barcelona is in the spotlight because of the Mobile World Congress. Many activities are scheduled for the city and its metropolitan area in order to show to the world the best local culture and innovation. In this context the creative studio Mermelada Estudio has been invited by Arranz Bravo Foundation to exhibit its first urban design project called Bridges.
▼ 欧罗巴广场上的“桥”，The “bridges” exhibit on Plaza Europa
▼ 抽象图案仿佛是具像化的语言，搭建起人际交往的桥梁，The arcs that unite the chairs are graphic representations of a language
Albert Mercadé, art critic and Arranz Bravo Foundation Director’s explain the project:
Bridges is a project conceived for Barcelona’s Plaza Europa on the occasion of the Mobile World Congress. The project will be installed for one year in the municipality of Hospitalet del Llobregat, near the trade fair complex (and site of the MWC) Fira de Barcelona 2. After the event, the work will be moved to another location in the same area.
It aims to be a metaphor on human communication using the structural element of a chair. The composition is formed with three modular elements in an arc shape that transform into seating facing each other.
The arcs that unite the chairs are graphic representations of a language, an imaginary code that is transferred between each one. An extension of the backs of the chairs, they make them become one piece – a bridge that conducts interpersonal communication; alone or with someone else, side-by-side or one in front of the other, face-to-face or with their backs to each other. Users can connect with each other, or remain alone in their chairs: powerless to disassociate from the communication (or non-communcation) network that dominates and rules our lives.
▼ 高低不一的三组椅子可独自存在，亦可相互组合，Three modular elements in an arc shape that transform into seating facing each other
▼ 多样化的空间布局与交流方式，different ways of setting lead to different ways of communication
As in other designs from Mermelada Estudio, Bridges acknowledges a sculptural tradition that is part of Spanish contemporary art. The work of the sculptor Pepe Espaliú springs to mind, and his sculptures that join together cages (called, Visual Aids), which make us reflect on the profound isolation that those diagnosed with AIDS suffered at the end of the 1980s. Another point of reference is a monument in L’Hospitalet; the Puente de la Libertad by Eduardo Arranz Bravo. It is a 9-metre-long bridge that unites two sculptures representing the two opposing sides of the Spanish Civil War – here connected and pacified through art.
Bridges is the first urban design project from Mermelada Estudio. Guided by the rule of finding ‘the extraordinary in the ordinary’, this creative studio has, since 2010, presented a series of industrial designs that give form to objects that are, in a fashion, playful, aesthetic and reflexive all at once. Welcome – an indoor playhouse for children – is amongst the studio’s most well known designs, along with Jambo, is a lounge chair inspired by a traditional African chair, and Nansa – an indoor swing.
▼ 制造过程，Manufacturing process
Materials: Iron, rusty paint finish
Overall dimensions in mm: Bridge01: H3170 W1840 D500 / Bridge2:H2570 W2840 D500 /Bridge3: H2870 W2340 D500
Images ©Manu da Costa
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