12/28/2011 - Updated to reflect clarification from designer Max Arlestig.
We were only half-joking when we suggested that Poler Stuff's "Napsack" might be well-suited to Occupiers looking to hunker down for the winter. The international sociopolitical phenomenon recently crossed the three-month mark, and while the movement hasn't made headlines lately, at least a couple of designers have drawn on Occupy for inspiration.
Max Arstig and Maximilian Gebhardt (a.k.a. Max and Max) are pleased to present "a design reflecting important and historically revolutionary things that are happening around us." "In Case of Riot" is a coffee table that the Maxes have designed in "response to recent troubles in the world," featuring a genuine riot shield atop a "welded square steel pipe frame base."
Thus, the frame of the table might be seen as a sort of emergency shield rack, while the repurposed aegis takes on a new meaning as it occupies "a place where it could have a daily and normal use."
Architect Deger Cengiz, on the other hand, has taken it upon himself to support the cause with a more democratic multipurpose object: the "Protestor Protector." It's essentially just a sheet of masonite, braced with dowels and Tyvek—the materials come in at under $25—which can be used as a placard, a pop-up presentation board or a quick shelter.
The full specs:
-The flat, slightly elevated, surface provides protection from a cold, dirty or wet ground/sidewalk.
-Ideal for asphalt and concrete surfaces, as no anchoring is required.
- The 2 minutes assembly and 1 minute disassembly times are convenient for no-permit conditions.
- A working prototype is tested for winds of 15 mph
The "Protestor Protector" was recently exhibited (along with dozens of other low-cost, DIY submissions) at the Storefront for Art and Architecture's weeklong focus on Strategies for Public Occupation.
We can't be sure if the time to choose is upon us yet, but we'll be preparing for apocalypse regardless...