LIKEarchitect’s “Chromatic Screen” Installation in Portugal
If you’re missing a few hangers from your closet, look no further than Portugal. Portuguese designers Diogo Agular, João Jesus and Teresa Otto of LIKEarchitects used 2,000 in their latest installment, titled “Chromatic Screen,” and it has nothing to do with couture.
Portugal’s 2012 Oporto Show showcases the best, brightest, and apparently gutsiest in the interior design world. This year, the most exciting piece was make out of cheap IKEA hangers. The screen becomes a colorful castle for visitors — shielding them away, yet engaging them in the network of plastic clothes hangers.
Sure, the material is the main focus here; but because of functionality, you almost forget this screen is composed of IKEA’s finest. According to the ArchDaily, this “is an intervention representative of their ephemeral work that lies on the border between architecture, design, urban installation, and art.” Using four different colors – blue, green, pink, and orange — LIKEarchitechts present a public art piece for the world.
The artists behind LIKEarchitects aim to “boost places and involve the community in a critical participation of urban space.” Turning everyday objects into extraordinary inventions, the collective proves that spending money doesn’t equate to good taste. Instead, art is a spatial experience that everyone should enjoy. Other projects, like this year’s “Frozen Trees Installation,” are building LIKEarchitect’s exciting public art portfolio. The recent project popped up in a Lisbon square around Christmastime — illuminating an otherwise empty space and engaging residents with their city.
This chromatic screen is one of a vast number of projects that bring economic awareness and accessibility to an overwhelmingly overpriced market. Using inventive material, they bring interior design to the urban space and invite more people to participate in art. Their DIY inventions should spark the imagination of any young-and-broke urbanite who doesn’t want to skimp on style.
For more information about LIKEarchitects including other equally extraordinary projects, visit their website.