Ainė Bunikytė was inspired by childhood memories of climbing onto rooftops to create the furniture for her graduation project at the Vilnius Academy of Art.
One of the most important element in the project is human’s inherent wish to find one’s own space, to have a secret, to differ, to find such place from which one could watch others but could stay unseen at the same time. The other aspect is a will to be higher, to be raised over the ground – this is the instinct of safety. The roof also becomes para-functional since it gains a new function – it becomes a floor.
The perspex table and chairs are lightweight and waterproof, and they’re also transparent, revealing the roof as a floor, rather than hiding the unique surface. The entire set is designed to attach to any building with a pitched roof and patents are currently in process for future mass production.
It’s a paradox that the table and the chairs would be almost functional if they weren’t unreachable. By defying conventional practice the furniture is balancing between the imaginary and the real. In our minds it creates a scenario of using it, it is certainly an interesting project, but is still unusable.
photography Kernius Pauliukonis / via: dornob