Designer Andu Masebo took great care to avoid making anything “naff or kitsch” when transforming a scrapped car into eight furniture pieces, currently on display at the V&A for London Design Festival.
As part of the museum’s emerging designer commission, the Part Exchange project saw Masebo purchase a tired Alfa Romeo on Ebay before dissecting and scavenging it for parts.
The parts were then turned into a small family of furniture and homeware, guided by the car’s distinct visual language and the stories of its past owners.
“I had this idea of looking at a car in terms of what it meant to people and that emotional connection you make to a car,” Masebo told Dezeen. “So if I could find a car that was coming up to the end of its life and I could somehow find out what its life was like – the people it came into contact with, the places it went, the things it’s seen – then I could actually bring to life those stories.”
Two of the furniture pieces – a boxy coffee table and matching shelving unit – were designed solely as an exploration of the car and what could be done with its distinctive silhouette.
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