Work By Maartje
Once upon a time, three bears lived in a cosy cottage deep in the woods. A cottage furnished with comfortable furniture. Sized and proportioned perfectly with each particular bear in mind.
I am sorry if you thought I was going to focus on the burglar who ate the bear’s food and broke some of their furniture, to eventually be discovered snoring in baby bear’s bed. But for designers there is something more interesting than these misdemeanours, considerably more interesting. And I am certainly not referring to the temperature of porridge.
What wonderful creatures the bears were, commissioning furniture for their home. Furniture that fulfilled a purpose, was functional and right. Set in a time when every resource had to be used with awareness, as resources were limited by the time they took to acquire. Strangely, now while we perceive the world’s resources as finite, we are often less careful.
There are no clues to the appearance of the furniture, but that is not really so important anyway. What makes this story so unique is that it is one of the only ancient narratives that mentions the importance of furniture that is just right. So not just a flat pack utilitarian cupboard, table, bed or chair pulled from a shelf in a logistics centre. But furniture made to fulfil a purpose by a designer and maker who listens to your needs and designs and makes a piece that fits.
Goldilocks, uncomfortable at first, instinctively knew if she kept looking she would find a more comfortable place to sit and snooze. Unfortunately creating havoc in the process. You need not suffer as she did as long as you know that solace and consolation are within reach. That there is a maker waiting to listen to your ideas from which to create a fabulous piece or interior that is perfect for you, is no fairy tale.
So what’s your story?