Being an entrant at the London Design Festival can be an august affair for any designer, but making waves with your creations is impressive in itself. Meet Andu Masebo, a young designer from North London who does exactly the same. Flourishing on his love for people and their stories, the displayed furniture collection gathers accolades for showcasing the associated narratives of the car owners.
‘Part Exchange’ is the latest project by the designer for exhibiting his unique collection. He embraces the richness of untold stories using parts of a scrapped Alfa Romeo Cloverleaf car to create useable objects. The collection amalgamates as a series of small-scale wall pieces and three larger pieces of furniture.
Driven by the idea, Andu fervently contacted various owners of this car to gain insight into their life experiences associated with it. The purpose was to understand the car’s value in people’s lives and to emulate the same in his creations.
The collection infuses the old dying car pieces with new life. Each collection object prioritizes using a different part of the car echoing an aspect of the owner’s life. Drifting an inch away from fostering sustainability, the idea behind the use of an old scrapped car was to tell stories through the compassionate use of materials.
A wine rack, freestanding shelving unit, versatile coffee table, coat hooks and a practical wall unit, proudly exhibit his flow of thoughts. Andu admitted that the design process demanded a careful approach striking a balance between the use of the car parts and the final product.
A nightlight – made from a car’s engine and for the first owner – echoes the story of a women who lost her husband. The light offers her a comforting presence in times of grave darkness. The day bed, covered in the car’s upholstery, hints toward the exchange of platonic vibes by a couple in their initial courting days.
‘Part Exchange’ by Andu Masebo’s, spinning around the philosophy to turn a car’s old parts to foster creativity and functionality, is something one will rarely commit to doing on his own but can surely be admired for stirring a conversation. The collection is on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington from 16 September to 15 October 2023.
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