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How did this design improve life?:
What if we - in the dialogue between the subject and the object, between the user and the room – could make criteria of the way in which rooms should look. Rooms, whose purpose has not been defined in advance.

Normally we think of a piece of furniture as something which has been designed in advance and for one purpose only – bookshelves for storage, a sofa to sit in. But in a few years this conception will be changed. In future we will see furniture, rooms and decoration as being very organic objects, which can be altered as required.

Peter J. Lassen has a vision, which he believes can create an up to now unseen flexi-bility in the way we decorate our homes and work places. The vision is called GRID. It is not bookshelves, a chair, a room divider or a piece of furniture in the traditional sense of the word. It is rather a structure, which can be used for building and creating new rooms and decorations in several dimensions. A sort of decoration parallel to the LEGO brick. A construction kit whose form and use is not given in advance.

For Peter J. Lassen the production of furniture has been closely linked to the wish to create freedom and choices for the users. That is the wish from which he idea to create GRID came.

“The Montana bookshelves provide the customer with freedom to create his or her own space. The freedom to choose between 47 colours and 49 different units. But the freedom is limited because of the fact that the box has 5 closed sides. GRID on the other hand is an open structure, which gives you the possibility to build and expand in all directions. You decide what to build and where to put your walls, ceilings, podiums, sides, drawers or doors, sheets, cushions, screens or chairbacks. In this way GRID gives you the ultimate freedom to create your own space”, says Peter J. Lassen.
Name of Designer(s):
Peter Lassen
Designers professional status:
Professional
Status of realization:
Realized
Kind of design:
Tangible
Produced by:
Montana
Year of production, realization or publishing:
2003
Designed in country:
Denmark
Used on continents:
Entire World
Short description of design:
GRID is a simple system, which can be used by an interior designer as well as the man in the street. It can be used in the open office environment where the needs for decoration change with different employees and projects. Or in the home adjusted to the size of the home and the needs of the family.
Functionallity and use of design:
GRID is a cube of 40 x 40 x 40 cm built from 12 mm pressure-moulded plastic. It is supplied with holes for assembling the cubes to one another.
Drawbacks of life improvement:
None
Research and need:
The development of Grid stands on the shoulders of many, many years of building systems for storage, of user contact and discussions, of input from artists and designers.
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