L’H Cultural District · 2017
A metaphor on human communication using the structural element
of a several paired chairs.
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
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-communication) network that dominates and rules our lives.
As in other designs from our studio,
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 our first urban design
project. 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.
Project commissioned by L’H Cultural District.
Art direction by Mermelada Estudio.
Photos by Manu da Costa.
Text by Albert Mercadé, art critic and Arranz Bravo Foundation Director’s.