What can design contribute to maximizing the potential of refugees with regard to integration and work? For the conclusion
of the theme block Inclusion, the StadtFabrik [City factory] presents the Social Furniture Collection by EOOS, which is part of the entry for the Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2016.
The production and implementation of the collection, consisting of 18 furniture elements that improve the situation in refugee
shelters and are meant to ensure better cooperation with one another, is assigned to the categories “Life,” “Work,” and “Cooking.”
The elements of the shopping street make it possible for asylum seekers to share and exchange goods and services in a kind
of cooperative economy. As a demonstrator for the MAK Design Nite, the shopping street, with all of its fictitious exchange
currency, will be relocated from a Vienna refugee district to the museum context and be experienceable for visitors.
Other elements of the Social Furniture Collection will be exhibited in the MAK FORUM. These affordable and versatile pieces of everyday furniture are manufactured in their
entirety in the furniture factory of a Vienna basic supply facility in which more than 600 items of furniture have been produced
to date. EOOS defines social production as a societal concern that also has relevance in the realm of social housing. The
data for the designs of the Social Furniture Collection are available as an “open design” offering in a dedicated publication and for download under www.eoos.com/sf.