Enrique Encinas
IxD + Design Research



Design + Artifact:
︎Furniture Set

1st Prize in a local (Madeira Island, Portugal) competition for designing urban furniture using recycled materials.

With the support of some colleagues at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute and the invaluable help of Tom O'Brien I designed an outdoors furniture set for the urban coast of Funchal.

Project in collaboration with Tom O´Brien.

This is the blurb that accompanied the objects:

"Funchal is a rather peculiar urban area. Highly touristic but traditional, accessible and messy, green and blue. Urban furniture in such multifaceted environment should reflect this and provide passerby with original artifacts that facilitate interaction, not only with the specific space around them, but with each other too. Here at M-ITI we have accepted the design challenge and created "Pneubilia". It is a furniture set composed of two elements: a bench and a stool. The habitat for this two pieces is that coastal zones of Funchal where everyone (locals and tourists alike) gather to fish. This space could be Pontinha, or Lido, or maybe Ponta Gorda. In these spots a fisherman has no stool to sit while the fish bites and an observer has no bench where to watch it happen. "Pneubilia" provides just that, urban furniture that makes the waiting comfortable and the interaction possible."

Materials: Repurposed steel from old machine scaffolding. Used tyres. Old thick fishing line.