OBITOVANA 5019: A Highly Topical Product Design Collaboration About Our Future

OBITOVANA 5019: A Highly Topical Product Design

A workshop of Ukrainian design and architecture Makhno Studio in collaboration with a couture design studio Kofta in 2019 presented a collection of furniture and accessories OBITOVANA 5019, which can become prophetic, because the world is already changing and gravitates to the fact that the concept of the project will become a reality.

Today is the year of 5019.
Today a new land has appeared.

The rave of the herb colors blended with the gradients of mint-tarragon trees against the pinkish sand. A life-giving flood of the daylight and pure hearts has spilled over a tired planet.

OBITOVANA 5019 is a space without walls and ceilings, without fences and borders. Here there are no rules and obligations. Everyone is familiar with each other — there are no strangers under the same sky. The whole world here is home.

sofa X-BLUE

OBITOVANA 5019 collection is an effort to tell the present its future. It is the world that we have started to create today.

Xerces blue butterfly was native to the coastal dunes of San Francisco before being driven to extinction by loss of habitat due to urbanization. It was the first North American butterfly to become extinct as the result of human action. So the sofa X-BLUE is a heartwarming offer to take a rest right on the turquoise butterfly shell. It will take you from the quarantine routine to the softness you’ve never experienced before. The wings are made from leather — to be strong enough for the winds. The form provokes sweet dreams only.

sofa X-BLUE

At the CORAL REEF table, which repeats the shape and color of the oceanic coral reef, we will begin to appreciate each other’s company. When the week in isolation is over — everyone is together again, close people, want to talk, hug, be here and now, and no mobile phones. CORAL REEF — there is no longer any place for gadgets — only tasty healthy food and lively communication.

CORAL REEF table

“Collaboration with Kofta turned out to be a prophetic project. We tell a story about life that will be after the future. OBITOVANA 5019 is our dream to be part of building the world we want to have, not the one we are predicted”, — shares Serhii Makhno, the architect and founder of Makhno Studio.

CORAL REEF table

While access to expeditions to the distant jungle and even to the local botanical garden is limited, we will create an exotic flora just at home by our own hands. The TITAN floor lamp is a flower that will never go out. The prototype of Titan Arum — the largest flower in the world — it can grow just from the floor, even from the wall of the 24th floor of a skyscraper. Its light source is wrapped in a delicate pink cloth to protect the beam of light inside. Like hope, like a chance to live.

OBITOVANA 5019: A Highly Topical Product Design

“Changes dictate their rules. I hope that tomorrow things around will become the harmony a modern human lacks. Tomorrow there will be us — new ones, filled with light, surrounded by a perfectly balanced space”, — tells Konstantin Kofta, the chief designer of futuristic leather manufacture.

OBITOVANA 5019: A Highly Topical Product Design

The collection also consists of a table without a tabletop, a cold floor lamp and a warm one, a sofa-shell, a carpet-puzzle, and two flourishing bags-flowers. Every item has its own story. The names of the products are the names of butterflies that have gone extinct, rivers that have dried away, glaciers that have melted, islands that are drowning, and flowers that will never bloom again. In a new world, they will be alive again.

TITAN floor lamp

Makhno Studio is a workshop of contemporary Ukrainian design and architecture that during 16 years of work has completed nearly 600 projects in 17 countries. The company works in three directions: interior design, architecture, and product design. Also, it has its own ceramic production. The studio promotes the style of “Ukrainian contemporary” that combines minimalism, art, Ukrainian traditions, and the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi.

Kofta is an independent couture studio specializing in the art of leathercraft using 3-D futuristic technologies. As a result, there are accessories created at the intersection of art and applied science, familiar and imaginary at the same time. Since 2010, the studio has been creating unique projects that get numerous awards at the international competitions of art and fashion.

OBITOVANA 5019: A Highly Topical Product Design

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