Last year, Brasil born designer, maker and artist Paulo Goldstein began a collection of works called Repair is Beautiful. Salvaging broken chairs, lights and other objects, Paulo takes a Da Vinci-esque approach to fixing things, making the repair mechanism a design feature of the renewed product. The artist says, “In a time of uncertainty, taking things into our own hands and having the feeling of control back can be very therapeutic. Repair is Beautiful aims to give back this feeling of control – by scaling down a major society problem to a human size and projecting frustration upon broken objects that can be repaired through design and craftsmanship. The final outcome is a collection of intriguingly repaired objects imbued with new meaning and functionality. The once rejected objects reflect the environment that created them and call us to question our society as a whole.” With the above Repaired Director’s Chair, Paulo introduced the idea of suspension bridges and mast rigging into the repair. The design has returned all the functionality to the chair including the original folding action.
Repaired Anglepoise II
Ipod Shuffle repaired with bones from leftover spare ribs
Repaired Garden Chair
Images via Paulo Goldstein