Mariana Bettencourt Costa e Silva
Make your own furniture with basic tools, simple techniques and easy to find materials.
"As a designer I have been struggling to get my pieces to users. The production-distribution-consumption chain is too expensive. The simplest way is to design pieces of furniture that are easy for beginners to build and teach user-builders how to make them. The added value is to provide the gratification of doing something with our own hands and to realize that we can be agents of doing many other things.
In this sense, I designed a chair, a stool, a bench, a table, children's pieces and others, using wood, pallets and easy-to-find materials. This models are design to be built by different age groups, with a saw, hammer, screwdriver or just paintbrush in periods between 45 minutes to 6 hours.
These models are free to use and I only ask for a royaltie when the pieces are for commercial purposes."
DIY, Design, furniture, wood, workshop
- Does your design take social and cultural challenges and human wellbeing into consideration?
The current distribution and consumption model is creating too many ecological problems. The handicrafts provide a greater gratification than the consumption of mass-produced products. The satisfaction of being able to do something with our own hands increases self-esteem.
- Does your design support sustainable production, embodying circular or regenerative design practices?
"The pieces are made of local wood (renewable, bio-degradable and CO2 zero emissions material) and used pallets.
The designs use few variations of boards sizes and hardware sold by unit generating very little waste."
- Does your design use principles of distribution and open source?
"The designs are original, authorial and free to use (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Workshop participants are encouraged to share the building instructions with friends. When the pieces are built for commercial purposes, a royaltie is requested."
- Does your design promote awareness of responsible design and consumption?
"The FAZ workshops demonstrate to participants how feasible is to build furniture pieces. Changing the way participants value simple materials.
Transforming pieces of wood, pallets or furniture components into stylish pieces with few technical resources and in a short time is revealed as an alternative to mainstream consumption."