Marlon Dabreau wants us all to live in a multifunctional world — why have many objects that do one thing when you can design everything to be multi-purpose? His Peera toolbox is a perfect example of a logical, multi-functional object — it doubles as a table and a bench. Peera is currently on display at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City as part of the Global Africa Project exhibit.
Darbeau works in Trinidad and Tobago as a designer and the creative director of Trinidad’s leading design and branding firm, Abovegroup. He comes from a deep tradition of craftsmanship and his work explores how workshop traditions can intersect with modern design. The Global Africa Project is seeking to highlight contemporary African art, design, and craft worldwide and showcases pieces by over 100 artisans and designers.
“You can sit on it, carry things in it… maybe tools, drinks or whatever you desire,” Darbeau writes on his blog about the Peera. “This project further investigates the idea of convergence, the utilization of different modes of making.” The design of the Peera toolbox features a number of different similarly-shaped objects that fit together as a kind of jigsaw puzzle — where there is more than one answer. The Peera’s smart design ensures you won’t have to look for a place to rest after your next handyman job — your toolbox has it covered.
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