MVRDV’s new furniture series entitled Vertical Village is comprised of dozens of soft cushions stacked on top of each other like small houses. The colorful collection imagines an alternative to the uncontrolled growth of Asian cities and uses foam elements of varying shapes, sizes and colors to challenge the identical block-like architecture getting built in real life. The furniture pieces are currently exhibited at the Universita degli Studi Campus, as part of Milan’s Design Week.
Architects at MVRDV teamed up with the Belgian furniture label sixinch to design colorful furniture pieces that will speak to a more universal issue regarding city planning and residential architecture. The collection was created as a playful alternative to the uniformity of housing developments being built in major Asian cities. Urban villages, with green areas and gathering spaces, are making way for monotonous stacks of housing units and soulless block-like architecture.
The furniture pieces are made from foam rubber with 100 percent recyclable PU coating. The materials are flexible, waterproof and come in various colors. The installation, which can be assembled into a wide array of configurations, has already been exhibited in Hamburg, Taipei, Seoul and Sao Paulo, after which the pieces were brought back to the MVRDV offices, where they were used as seats, waiting lounges, pedestals for models and for deadline power naps by the company’s employees.