Nesting Furniture

Among all the symbols of learning and nurturing, the nest is the original and still remains the most universal. The idea of nesting, to shelter the young or more literally to fit an object inside its larger self, is what motivates our concept for Chipakata school furniture.

Nesting Furniture is a series of tables and seating elements that join together like a family, where the small pieces are children that nest into their parents and then their grandparents and so on. The various arrangements have distinct uses. They can be as straightforward as a lunch table or scale up to accommodate playground elements and larger classrooms so that each can be developed by the school teachers and students in response to their needs. In this sense, Nesting Furniture does not propose a specific design but rather a system where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Each generation works with the next so the arrangements and uses can be invented and discovered by the people that use them.

  • Location
    Lusaka, Zambia
  • Year
  • Client
    14+ Foundation
  • Status