Whenever I visited the southern parts of Europe I saw all these old houses with those nice authentic roller blinds. After modernizing or rebuilding these houses the old wooden roller blinds are thrown away and replaced by modern ones.
In Buenos Aires | Argentina, a vast amount of houses loose these beautiful and characteristic roller blinds too. When the Argentine duo behind Gruba saw that they were being discarded across the capital city, they came up with the idea to try and make furniture out of these roller blinds.
Roller blind gives furniture stunning look
Gruba, architects Maria Constanza Nuñez and Gabriel Pires Mateus, created the S.O.S de Barrio Line as a response to show sustainable furniture with a focus on upcycling and transformation.
“Every object has its own identity. And every urban element contributes to shaping our perception of a city. Buenos Aires is undergoing a constant transformation process in which old houses are torn down and others are recycled. The S.O.S de barrio line of objects was devised in an effort to salvage wooden roller blinds which are usually discarded in the typical neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Each of these objects is a fragment of the city which is transformed to be adopted in everyday life.”
One of the best things about this stunning upcycle design furniture is that each product has it’s own unique characteristics and history depending on the reclaimed roller blind.
Design by Gruba