The Bliss Couch is a conceptual furnishings piece that doubles as a life raft, with cushions upholstered in the identical orange material that’s used to make life jackets.
Because the cushions will not be hooked up to the couch’s recycled-wood base, they rapidly flip into floatation units within the occasion of a flood. The couch additionally comes with an identical ottoman that opens up like a suitcase to retailer objects equivalent to a cocktail shaker.
The one-of-a-kind furnishings piece was designed to boost consciousness concerning the discrepancy in individuals’s capability to reply to the results of the local weather disaster.
“We observed that, if there is a disaster like flooding as a result of sea ranges rising, if in case you have the means you’re often nice,” Mom founder Paul Malmstrom instructed Dezeen.
“So that is for a high-net-worth particular person who needs to only sit again, loosen up and simply float away when the water comes.”
The Bliss Couch prototype is totally practical and outfitted with a water stage gauge, emergency flares within the armrests and a paddle saved in its wood backrest.
The cushions are lined in waterproof Sunbrella material and wrapped in black utility straps just like these discovered on life jackets. The Ottoman can be meant to drift alongside the couch.
Bliss comes with a wide range of accompanying objects together with a handbook with satirical directions for what to do if adrift at sea, encouraging individuals to “loosen up” all through the expertise.
“In fact, we do not need you to loosen up,” Malstrom mentioned.
Mom plans on promoting off the piece and has pledged to donate among the proceeds to the United Nations Refugee Company.
The Bliss Couch is on present all through NYCxDesign as a part of a present known as Harmonious Proportions by Chelsea gallery Tuleste Manufacturing unit.
Different conceptual design tasks in New York embody an exhibition by the artwork collective MSCHF, which featured a merchandising machine stuffed with “a practical analogue of LSD”.
The imagery is by Charlie Schuck.
Harmonious Proportions at Tuleste Manufacturing unit is open from 19 Could to twenty July 2023. See Dezeen’s devoted New York design week information for extra occasions, talks and installations in the course of the annual competition.
Creator/designer: Mom; Mom Design
Industrial design: Keillor MacLeod
Carpentry: Tom Breglia (Liberty Labs)
Upholstery: Kelsey Knight