socks + furniture by greg papove
socks + furniture by greg papove socks + furniture by greg papove
jun 21, 2012

socks + furniture by greg papove

‘socks + furniture’ by greg papove all images courtesy of greg papove


vancouver-based designer greg papove has created a collection of furniture objects that each contain stories derived from socks. the project explores material production methods, human-to-object interactions, and opportunities for re-purposing existing items. taking influence from garments, the ‘five toes coffee table’ is supported by legs of the same denomination. it is designed for assembly and disassembly using the cotton as press-fit fasteners, allowing for user-customization with plain, colored, or mismatching slips. the top surface is created using a blend of fabric and a gypsum polymer. the base is made of beechwood and inserted into the tabletop.


the ‘zap lamp’ is a floor light activated by static electric shock. it requires the user to generate energy by shuffling their socks on the shag carpet base. using a low sensitivity touch switch, the user simply zaps the tab with their finger to turn on the lantern. this produce offers a new way to interact with objects in your living space.


the ‘unify sofa’ takes its form from team uniforms. the slipcover is physically and visually unifying to give new life to discarded chairs allowing them the opportunity to work together to provide comfortable seating.


exploring a sense of playfulness and the humor, these pieces are designed to generate thought about human-to-object interactions and the mundane encounters of daily life, which are often overlooked. together these items make a collection of furnishings that add some playfulness to your living space.



five toes coffee table

mismatching socks

zap lamp

unify sofa

rescued chairs

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions’ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • that plant in the red pot looks familiar

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