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Playground-Inspired Furniture Collections

Joe Parr Debuts Three Unconventionally Inspired Pieces

— October 14, 2019 — Art & Design
As part of his MFA thesis project at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Detroit designer Joe Parr debuts a collection of odd furniture. The pieces boldly take inspiration from the aesthetics of the playground, with nods to swings and carousels. It is evident that the designs “defy the typical typology of furniture” and that is with a purpose. Joe Parr seeks to find a harmonious state between “furniture, playground, and gym equipment.” By striking that balance and producing a dynamic design that is meant to harbor interactive sensibilities, he will be able to create an environment that will “activate the body and encourage social behaviors.” This type of engaging furniture has definitely seen an increase in popularity amongst designers.

Joe Parr’s collection includes the Swing Seat, the Roller Sofa, and the Carousel. Each is a completely functional piece of furniture.

Photo Credits: Joe Parr
Trend Themes
1. Playground-inspired Furniture - Designing furniture that draws inspiration from the aesthetics and interactive elements of playgrounds, creating a unique and engaging user experience.
2. Interactive Sensibilities - Incorporating interactive features into furniture designs to encourage social behaviors and activate the body.
3. Unconventional Furniture Typology - Defying traditional furniture typology by combining elements from playgrounds, gyms, and furniture to create dynamic and functional pieces.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture Design - Opportunity for furniture designers to innovate by incorporating playground-inspired aesthetics and interactive elements into their designs.
2. Interior Design - Interior designers can explore the use of interactive furniture to create unique and engaging spaces that promote social interaction and physical activity.
3. Recreational Equipment - Manufacturers of recreational equipment can explore the incorporation of furniture-inspired designs and interactive features to enhance the play experience.
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