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The Destruction Room

Giorgia Massari
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If objects are designed to last, designers JB Gambier and Hugo Béhérégaray have come up with a design made to be destroyed, but also repaired. We are talking about the curious project The Destruction Room. A real room to be destroyed with dummy swords and hammers, but that’s not the end of the story. The idea of the two Dutch designers, who have accumulated a passion for do-it-yourself, is to leave room for the energy of the public, channeled into the destruction but also into the repair of the objects themselves through the use of colored duct tape. If at first the room is completely furnished in white with paper mache seats and furniture, at the end of the day, after countless visits, everything takes on color. A continuous cycle of destruction and repair that results in a continuous evolution of the room and the design pieces within it. Shapes and colors change according to the actions and choices of the participants, who transform from powerless consumers into active actors, free to retaliate against the world of products and, in a broader sense, consumerism.

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An idea that is undoubtedly against the grain is that of the two very young and super creative designers JB Gambier and Hugo Beheregaray. The second one – Hugo – we had already met a few weeks ago during Milan Design Week in Alcova, more precisely in the playground he created with two other Dutch designers, which we talked about here. The Destruction Room project follows the same ironic vein and participatory mode as the Minigolf, although it is actually an earlier project, created for last year’s Vienna Design Week. The game component, as well as the unexpected and the ephemeral are the characteristics that make the projects of this new wave of Dutch design successful. On the one hand they captivate the public, engaging and entertaining them, and on the other they invite reflection of a more sensitive issue, that of overproduction and overconsumption.

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