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GREAT DESIGN DOESN'T have to a big and expensive. It's more about elegantly solving problems and relating to human needs. Same with furniture.

Poland's Studio No produce something they call "Small Architecture" – a witty cross between art, furniture and micro-architecture.

Polish artists Magda Szwajkcowska and Michal Majewski produced the piece for DoFA' 2016 Lower Silesian Architecture Festival in their home city of Wroclaw.

The bright blue sunbeds-for-two are designed to activate an otherwise neglected set of stairs on the riverside.

Studiono.pl via [designboom]

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