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Inside Urban by The Emotion Lab

New Barcelona design studio The Emotion Lab have designed a collection of furniture inspired by street furniture, including this lamp modeled on the mirrors that allow motorists to see around corners.

Called Inside Urban, the range includes a coat hanger inspired by an antenna, a room divider that resembles a traffic barrier and shelving intended to look like scaffolding.

Above: Mirror light. Convex mirrors wait for you on many a street corner. You don’t have to be superman to see around corners. The Emotion Lab has created a playful, ambient light which amplifies room space and gives a fresh perspective to all its viewers.

The Emotion Lab includes designers Tom Allen, Marta Falcón, Christian Vivanco and Yago Rodríguez.

Above and below: Antenna hanger. Look up! Antennas embrace the skies of most cities, picking up signals sent from afar. They’re a classic icon of the urban jungle and now they can embrace your homes too. Stick your coats on the removable hangers or hang up your scarf, hat or umbrella. It’ll transmit a welcome signal when you arrive home.

Here's some text from the designers. Captions are provided by The Emotion Lab:


Inside Urban Collection

Wander through the streets of a city. Look closely. Did you spot the purely functional objects which help us, guide us and warn us of danger?

These objects of the urban landscape do their job usually without getting noticed.

The Emotion Lab has adopted these objects belonging to the city and made them personal.

Above and below: Scaffold shelving. Scaffolding. It seems to cover half of the world’s landmarks! Drawing inspiration from these mobile constructions, some innovative floor to ceiling storage has been designed. It’s adaptable, adjusts to your needs and makes the most of the ever-decreasing home space.

We’ve analysed their function and adapted these designs by optimising for private spaces.

We’ve found new uses in common materials and shapes.

Inspiration was found in the streets of many cities like Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris and London.

We only have to look out the window of our studio to find a sky full of antennas, streets full of stencils and the daily grind of urban life.

It’s this essence of urban living which has been conveyed throughout the collection, inviting users to submerge themselves in their often unnoticed environment.

It’s a reflection of what it is to live within the hustle and bustle of city life.

Above: Room Cone. Road cones or ‘witches hats’ are always communicating with the people around them – ‘don’t step here’, ‘walk that way’, ‘be careful’. They sweat urban energy. Room cones can be used as an ambient light source, even in windy conditions. Arrange some nibbles around the base during parties, or store your keys when you get home.

The Emotion Lab is a passionate industrial design studio formed by four up and coming designers from three distinct continents.

Tom Allen (Australia)
Marta Falcón (Spain)
Yago Rodríguez (Spain)
Christian Vivanco (México)

With our unique multicultural perspective stemming from such diverse experiences, traditions and approaches, we offer a simple, honest and functional approach to design, centred on the generation of rich, lasting emotions. Our ideas respond to a deep observation of human behaviour and as a result we find solutions based on the present and future emotional needs of the user.

We study intangible links and continue investigating until we find tangible solutions which improve the interaction and discourse between objects, brands and people. Our objective is to make responsible proposals for our society, without losing the emotive aspect; searching for hope and solutions which point towards a better future. Creating meaningful, emotive experiences is vital for the success of a companies' products and services; for products which only satisfy usable, intuitive and functional considerations are no longer sufficient.

More than designing objects, we want to generate and provoke emotions and experiences which you will never forget. We share our fruits in order to provide an innovative future design vision. We are The Emotion Lab.

“…people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou