Rehome

Spotted by Lesley Price
DESCRIPTION

According to The Economist, the number of natural disasters worldwide has more than quadrupled to around 400 a year since 1970, and – with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma having just torn through the United States – it’s a trend that shows no signs of letting up. Those affected often lose many of their personal belongings or even their entire homes, and adding to this growing displacement of people and families is the ongoing global refugee crisis. In an effort to combat this issue, a group of students from Finland's Lahti University of Applied Sciences have designed a range of temporary furniture pieces called Rehome. Students from the school's Institute of Design were assigned to develop provisional tools for people who have to abruptly vacate their homes without their belongings. They were tasked with identifying the most urgent of human needs. Once they had done so, sleeping arrangements, privacy, and social interaction became the primary functions of the products they built.