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GERMANY | THE CUCULA REFUGEES COMPANY FOR CRAFTS AND DESIGN: THE BLACK COLLECTION
SOON AT THE STATE OF DESIGN, BERLIN 2017 FESTIVAL, AS PART OF ALLES NEU, NIEUWE GERMAN GESTALTUNG #006Cucula is a Berlin-based association from and for refugees, a workshop and an educational program – all-in one. Its fame also comes from the furniture collection it produces, inspired by the 19 DIY furniture designs which Enzo Mari published in ‘Autoprogettazione’ in 1974 - a milestone in design history, challenging the capitalist paradigm of mass consumption, and advocating a democratisation of design. Totally in line with this, Cucula’s collection, of which it presents a black version at the festival, is meant to be more than just furniture, and aims to be ambassador for ideas that help refugees to break with the notion of ‘victimhood’, and to unfold their self-determination, with a pragmatic, immediate and action-oriented approach, in contrast to the still largely theoretical debate about the situation of refugees in Germany.