Fabrica Decorative System by Sam Baron



Sam Baron of design research centre Fabrica in Italy has created rolls of patterned tape for covering old and unwanted furniture.


"The idea is to create a covering system that create a second skin, and a second life to some old furniture that can be found in second hand market or in the street,"says Baron. "It's design through re-design, basically."


There are three Fabrica Decorative System designs, available from Fabrica shops.

Posted on Wednesday July 9th 2008 at 4:21 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • B2om

    Here you go again,
    Walking down this path you’ve seen a thousand times before.

  • if you like the look of hobo patches, yeah…
    but why not just paint the furniture –
    this look is cheap – like a cob job cover up with colored duck tape (which btw you can pick up at the $ store)

  • edward

    Is this some kind of self-annealing miracle tape that seamlessly covers that item and makes it look like it’s been powder coated? Or is it like duct tape?

  • Johanna

    lovely. happy, childish and playful.

    B20m: everybody knows that everything’s already done.

  • K. Rimane

    Dezeen should really consider creating a “junk” section.

  • zuy

    marti guixé has a great concept with tape …but here it’s nothing, no think … no art no design

  • Matty D

    Wow, total agreement with rimane, dezeen must really be starved for contributions to have published this…

  • Frankie

    I’ve already got this product at work except that mine has FRAGILE written on it in red

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  • vico

    What a blatant rip-off of El Ultimo Grito’s tape installations from 5 years ago!!!

  • simon

    I think the designer have to consider “what is design” … is shame he is Fabrica head of design department. waste people time! he should think about resign his position.

  • REN

    Way too late with this one. Sam Baron try and keep up !

    As mentioned this concept was more or less championed by the likes of Droog , Hella Jongerius, El Ultimo Grito, Marti guixé, with far greater impact.

    This guy is head of design at the Fabrica and surely already knows this ?

    Advice…Stop wasting our time with this ugly uninspired BS and concentrate on your Job title.

  • Honkie

    wake me when its over………………..

  • zuy

    During designer’s day in Paris sam baron exhibited a gold ceramic radio …
    it’s in a golden trend as Arik Levy gold doorstopper and usb gold or starck bubu gold or massonnet stool gold or 5.5 designers light gold… but it’s
    design product using a trendy color it’s not a ready made radio in ceramics


  • Zenza

    Thank you for the censorship on my previous comments Dezeen.

  • Fling

    Patterned tape for covering old and unwanted furniture that remains unwanted

  • Hi to all, a dear friend(a designer) sent me this link.
    We focus on works with adhesive tapes. Interesting comments here.
    I must admit that I agree with you all,but only about these photos.. no art no design, look like a cheap way to do design…If someone want to do cool design with tapes, need to be more precise, giving a perfect pattern, trasform the concept of tape in a way that u cannot recognize it…this is the real “skin”. The product (the tapes of Baron) looks very nice..maybe put in a nicer way all will look different.

    Baron said -“The idea is to create a covering system that create a second skin, and a second life to some old furniture that can be found in second hand market or in the street,” -“It’s design through re-design, basically.”-

    ok. maybe he is right..doing nice tapes with old stylish colors or old textures could be cool..but why the object looks so silly? where is the strong “idea”? Do u want to do trasform old furniture? Do your best! ..its not enough to put your costumized adhesive tapes with nice-old-color on stuff. Maybe Im arrogant, i know, I’m not making nothing new..but i can show sample of my works to explain my ideas in a better way( how is possible use tape in more nicer way).

    on myspace theres some sample of tapes over objects : http://www.myspace.com/nocurves

    Sorry for the long reply. Thanks and have a nice day
    No Curves

  • Vico

    Lastly, I just have to ask, where is this so-called “system”? It’s rolls of tape, innit?

  • Frankie

    Hey No curve’s work has infinite more appeal than this pretentious “me too” effort by Baron.

  • Fudge

    Sam do us a favour and Duct tape yourself, now that would be original !

  • xtiaan

    rave rave…gush!….extended platitues….use of the word avant garde… and anti….

    thats a lovely rocking chair in the first pic…

    but how do i get all this fakking tape of it!?

  • Zenza

    Sam Baron is a pseudo-designer. I can’t even imagine why he’s at Fabrica!!!

    I mean, I know we can’t ask for a Hayon everyday, but there are thousands and thousands of much ‘better’ designers to put at Fabrica instead of Sam Baron. I mean… Fabrica is experiencing one of the worst ideas/design period of its life!

    Sam, do us all a favour and please leave.

  • Jonny

    As I know Fabrica have a lot of great young designers… but just not a right person in charge… sigh, Sam Baron!!

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  • Dion

    what a load of crap and wasting tape that could be used for somthing useful

  • Hi guys,
    Here is a way to recycle old broken furniture found in the street or in antique shops.
    It changes the shape completely.