• Gemma Morell
  • Bernat Santaeugenia

Restos is a way of thinking which considers that there are enough needs that can be defined as 'real' or of immediate importance where to help. It tries to make disasters a little less disastrous, instead of boosting the progress and development of a modern and exclusive world that only benefits a small part of the society. Contextualizing, Restos starts from an experience lived in the Athens’ squats and grows in order to respond to a number of needs detected in there. However, this is a simple proposal, which can perfectly be extrapolated to any similar context. Restos proposes a product included in a circular economy context and it is a set of pieces that can fit together and build modules which provide storage spaces. They are thought to store everyday objects of people who are in transit or homeless and share occupied or hosted spaces in cities. Restos helps with the user empowerment, making the user a part of the production system, which is easy, local and based on the reuse of clothing. It is a project developed with Design Thinking and Driven Design methodologies, as well as ecodesign strategies. These analyze the possibility of new scenarios with the aim of minimizing the environmental impact of the materials and the productive process.

Restos is a product which is born to guarantee the order of personal items of people who live in shared spaces of the cities, as well as to solve the clothing surplus suffered in the squats of Athens due to the huge donation of clothing that is received.

Thus, the solution provided by Restos is a storage structure generated by different pieces which are joined together by insertion. These pieces are rigid, resistant and functional, built from non-used clothing patches and a natural binder whose base is made from rice flour, sugar and water. The production process of the product is unique, simple and designed to be able to be carried out in a context without resources.