Last November OOOMS was invited by Angela Carvalho to come to Rio to participate in the Design na Praça event. We were asked to share our experiences of the Ffrash project. Ffrash is an Indonesian non-profit project where OOOMS was asked to design interior products from local waste material, and coach former street children to reproduce these products.
During our stay we met staff and students of the Offenbach design school from Frankfurt. It has been very valuable and pleasant to work with them during a workshop at the IED Rio. Together with staff from IED Rio and Brazilian students, we analyzed- and experimented with- a ton of waste material. This material was collected locally during the weeks prior to the event.
During the design na Praça event there was a variety of creatives that all showed their way of dealing with waste material and related matters. Among many interesting people we also met the Ducth Consul-General who gave us useful information and set up some meetings for the following days.
With the Sugarloaf Mountain as an almost surrealistic backdrop and a very diverse audience, we presented our work. It was a great experience to speak at this event and also the first time it was in shorts and on flip-flops.
After the Design na Praça event we used our time in Brazil to visit PUC University, ESDI , FAAP in Sao Paulo and a second time to IED Rio to present our work and talk about possible cooperations. It’s been hot and hectic, but we enjoyed every minute of it.
We would like to thank Angela Carvalho, The Dutch Consulate, The Dutch Embassy and all the other people that made this possible.