Philippe Starck Unveils an Awesome Pop-Up Multimedia Library for Refugees

by , 04/17/14

According to PSFK, Patrick Weil, the Chairman of Libraries Without Borders, never worked with a designer before, but has heard of Philippe Starck. So he sent a letter without much hope and the French designer agreed on helping out – free of charge! The Ideas Box library had to meet six specific requirements: it has to be global, portable, user-friendly, adaptable and efficient to produce.

Related: Philip Starck’s Elegant Zero-Waste Broom Chair is Crafted From Recycled Industrial Waste

It consists of five color-coded modules containing books, games, and creative supplies. The modules can also be turned into furniture, providing desks and chairs for up to 24 people. Technologically speaking they are very well equipped; they come with USB ports, WiFi, tablets, e-readers and also video cameras.

Ideas Box was already tested out in a refugee camp on the eastern part of the Congo, where 37,000 refugees benefited from the wonders inside. Check out the video above!

+ Philippe Starck

Via psfk

Photos by Dave Pinter

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  1. Tafline Laylin April 21, 2014 at 11:05 am

    That’s true Syd! Thanks for weighing in.

  2. sydbarrett74 April 21, 2014 at 2:44 am

    This would be nice for impoverished areas in *developed* countries, as well.

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