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Brief Published: 20 Aug 2012

Dear Disaster by Jenny Ekdahl


Natural disasters, particularly the “extreme forces of nature and beauty in some of the events”, provided the inspiration for Swedish design graduate Jenny Ekdahl’s Dear Disaster cabinet – her final-year university project.

Ekdahl discovered that representing natural disasters through graphs can make them easier to come to terms with and understand. This led her to create a piece of furniture that could be used to represent the scale and impact of natural disasters.

The resulting cabinet is intended for keepsakes and precious items and has tall legs designed to prevent water damage caused by flooding. The beech wood door is covered in more than 4,000 small wooden scales. Painted blue on one side, they can be flipped over in a magnitude of combinations to create patterns across the front of the cabinet. The combination of blue and plain scales represents both the influx and lack of water often associated with natural disasters.

Jenny Ekdahl