The meaning of “transformation” for Philipp Süssmann

'Abri-Boca' combines knowledge of society, living space and nature

by Valentina Ieva
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Abri-Boca is the adaptable furniture object, designed by Philipp Süssmann, which explores the theme of transformation- the transition between open spaces to more intimate and enclosed ones. This product object is being exhibited in the “meet my project” exhibition during milan design week 2013.

The designer described his project and abri-boca concept:

"Today, one can choose, with a richness of possibilities. People are free. However, this freedom has its price. With freedom comes responsibility as well as risk. Humans are asked to be decisive, individual and flexible. But how can humans master the transformation from a comfortable, adaptive but passive human being towards a flexible, free and proactive individual?

I propose that people need  “spaces of calmness” to direct the course that they want to live. Yet, these “spaces” seem to vanish in our daily routines. Relaxation, calmness and the awareness that comes from having time to disconnect seem to have a decreasing part in our live. Pursuing that thought, I have conducted research at the intersection of nature, motion, society and living spaces.

My goal has been to ultimately create an object that symbolizes and captures the meaning of “Transformation” and creates the user a space to retreat from the hustle of daily live.

My design affords users to rest within the bed / living pod in an open state, and if more privacy is desired, 
one can easily pull the wooden shell closed via a pivoting mechanism, creating a protective canopy over the occupant".

About Philipp Süssmann

Born in 1987, he received a Bachelor Degree in Industrial Design from the University of Munich, Germany. During his studies he worked as an intern at Octopus Design, Brodbeck Design and Marco Sousa Santos Design Studio in Lisbon. Currently he is working on a range of different Projects on his own.

    • Valentina Ieva

      Valentina Ieva


      Bari / Italy

      Laureata in Ingegneria edile-architettura, giornalista per professione, web writer per diletto. Amante di architettura, design, fotografia e libri di carta. Dipendente dai social, Instagram e InstaStories su tutti. Affamata di vita, viaggi e storie da scoprire. Qualunque forma d'arte mi affascina da sempre e non posso pensare una vita senza: emozioni forti, immaginazione, buona musica, cucina pugliese, sole e gatti. Per dirla con le parole di Battiato, non potrei vivere senza: ‘un soffio al)