Espai Formica Group, a place to belong is a collaborative academic/professional project developed by Elisava and the Rhode Island School of Design for the company Formica Group, the results of which will be on display at Nau Bostik during Barcelona Design Week 2022.
Led by the Madrid and New York based design studio müsing –sellés, the space has been designed entirely with Formica® high-pressure laminates, enhancing the versatility and capacity of the material to create multipurpose atmospheres and architectural spaces. Through the combination of metallic finishes and a vivid monochromatic finish, it is a space full of nuances and contrasts challenging what collective belonging means within Barcelona.
Re-activating existing space
Within the framework of the “New European Bauhaus” initiative for more inclusive, sustainable and enriching living opportunities, the campaign seeks to question the ability of both public and private collective spaces. It also questions the ability to adapt to a changing society, and contribute to a new common sense of space, therefore creating a collective sense of belonging.
Stage for action
The project is an ephemeral architectural intervention that reactivates one of the warehouses within the Nau Bostik complex through a de-capitalised, de-hierarchised, and inclusive space for collectivity. The reactivation is carried out through a sequence of spaces in which coexistence is prioritised, evoking a new sense of collective domesticity.