- Welcome - an artistic initiative of solidarity
At Livegreenblog, we are passionate about the use of design and art as a means to drive awareness. One of the major themes requiring social awareness right now is borders, particularly with reference to the humanitarian refugee crisis. It's no surprise then that one of the nominees for the Beazley Designs of the Year, award organised by the London Design Museum includes the BETTER SHELTER project by IKEA Foundation with UNHCR (Architecture category), designed to give millions of homeless people around the world a safe, dignified home.
The Welcome project by young Spanish studio Amarist also addresses refugees, in this case starting from the most tangible element, the symbol of borders: the razor wire.
So, the Welcome collection presents a thousand small pieces of this material, which the designers polished, plated in 24 k gold and converted into jewellery, turning an object designed to divide into something to share. Because once these fragments of border are turned into designer pieces, packaged like mass supermarket products, they end up out in the public arena, where they are bought. And 100% of the earnings go to non-profit organisations working with refugees.
So, as a result of a socially aware design operation, Amarist has injected new meaning into these pieces of razor wire as a symbol of respect and tolerance, but more importantly, it has triggered a debate at a more “objective” level, creating a positive trend on the theme of refugees.
Project: Amarist Studio http://www.amarist.com/ - Arán Lozano and Clara Campo
Dedicated website: http://welcomemovement.org
Images: Courtesy of Amarist Studio