The Gipsy Furniture Collection by Hungarian design studio A+Z Designers (Attila F. Kovacs and Zsuzsa Megyesi) is a series of items inspired by the folk culture of Hungary and Transylvania. It was driven by the desire to keep many of their disappearing cultural traditions alive.
A+Z felt that many of the items used within the gypsy and folk culture of Hungary and Transylvania had become overlooked or obsolete, yet each of these objects has a story and centuries of traditional craft techniques behind them. A+Z wanted to give these items new lives in a contemporary design context keeping the narratives and soul of the products. Although their starting point was emotional it also taps into the need to recycle. It echoes the needs for big changes in the world now and the question of what is valuable.
BOGRÁCS suspension lamp with spring suspension
Enameled steel and chain, (measure: 4-25 liter), color: black.
TEKNO bench for two
Hand carved wood shell, hard wood legs, black sheep wool pillow.
TUZHELY Bonefire/After Glow low table
Custom made painted hard wood, built in camping stove and lantern.
BÖDÖN wine cooler and storage hocker/stool
Enameled steel, cushion: foam and hand made Hungarian embroidery; color: red, black.
PULI lounge chair
Perforated metal shell, recycled textile, wool, leather; colors: mixed black, brown and gray. Inspired by the Puli dog.
18 carat gold chain
A+Z will be launching their Gipsy Collection of hand-carved and hand-painted furniture and custom-made lighting at Tent London 2010 in London (September 23-26).