Hide Away Furniture Type 01 by Dunne and Raby

Hide Away Chair
Hide Away Furniture by Dunne and Raby, Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby in collaboration with Michael Anastassiades.

‘Hide Away Furniture, Type 01’, 2005

Laminated English oak, felt. Chair: 90.2 cm (35 1/2 in) high; flooring: 3.8 × 295 × 202 cm (1 1/2 × 116 1/8 × 79 1/2 in) From an edition of three. From the ‘Designs for Fragile Personalities in Anxious Times’ series.

ESTIMATE £10,000-15,000 †

There are three versions. Like the other pieces in the collection, they are designed to meet irrational but real needs, in this case, a fear of alien abduction.

via Phillips de Pury & Company.

About Dunne and Raby

Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies.

Anthony is professor and head of the Design Interactions department at the Royal College of Art in London. He studied Industrial Design at the RCA before working at Sony Design in Tokyo. On returning to London he completed a PhD in Computer Related Design at the RCA. He was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio where he worked as a Senior Research Fellow leading EU and industry funded research projects. Anthony was awarded the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in Design Education in 2009.

Fiona Raby studied Architecture at the RCA before working for Kei’ichi Irie Architects in Tokyo. She also holds an MPhil in Computer Related Design from the RCA. She was a founding member of the CRD Research Studio where she worked as a Senior Research Fellow leading externally funded research projects. She taught in Architecture for over 10 years before teaching in Design Interactions.

2 thoughts on “Hide Away Furniture Type 01 by Dunne and Raby”

  1. The pieces in this collection are fatuous and look like they were designed to meet fatuous unreal wants.

    The irrational may have to do with the thoughts harbored by the designers in their desperate attempt to be provocative and original in these designs.

    Let your designs be your resume and validation if you hold that they have merit and value.

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