About a year ago, we started collaborating with the phenomenal Berlin-based organization, Cucula, a workshop and educational program that teaches refugees to design and build furniture—much of it based on the modernist Autoprogettazione designs of Enzo Mari, who granted Cucula the rights to redesign and sell his work—while also providing general education, language assistance, and legal advice.
“Cucula is a bottom-up project, that shows how utopia can become reality. We desperately need projects like this one, and they need our support” – Olafur Eliasson
Now, to raise money for Cucula, our entire London office is running in the Royal Parks Half Marathon, a 13-mile trek taking place on October 8 and traversing Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park, and Kensington Gardens. You can contribute by donating to the marathon at this page. Any donations, large or small, are warmly appreciated!
The word “cucula” originates from the Hausa language in western central Africa, where most of Cucula’s refugee staff originates, and means “to do something together,” as well as “to take care of each other.” A limited selection of the Cucula furniture, all of which is handmade from pinewood, treated with natural oil, and signed by the makers, is available through the CUCULA online shop or at their Berlin Kreuzberg showroom. (You’ll also see it if you ever pay a visit to Design Hotels™ HQ!)
Photos: Verena Bruening