Author(s): 6a Architects
Dust Free Friends is a series of designs for small pieces of domestic furniture, designed by London-based 6a architects, that can be made very simply at home, in restricted spaces, with a small number of tools and without specialist skills. The lightness and simplicity of the pieces is derived from a combination of observation of the way simple plywood constructions on a construction site are adapted to become stools, tables, steps, and stairs, changing quickly and without fuss as workers need them. The designs also re-examine the long tradition of self-build that has shared the journey through modernism with industry and craft. With the Dust Free Friends series, Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald invite the reader make his or her own everyday furniture from dressed plywood. Beautifully produced and illustrated with some 90 easy-to-understand diagrams and images, Dust Free Friends is a comprehensive, precise, and entertaining, manual to furnishing a comfortable place entirely by its users.
Tom Emerson is a founding partner with 6a Architects in London and a Professor of Architecture and Construction at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich's Department of Architecture (D-ARCH, ETH Zurich). Stephanie Macdonald is a founding partner with 6a Architects in London. She studied fine art at Portsmouth College of Art and architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and London Metropolitan University.