HANDMADE SLED - VIDIGAL - RIO DE JANEIRO 

THE MAGIC OF IMPROVISATION

Living and working as a global nomad gives me an awareness and a context of cultural differences, which manifests a crucial influence to my design approach. Spending extensive time in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, slums of Mumbai and nongtangs in Shanghai showed me the magic of improvisation. How survival is materialized and 'designed' into smart solutions in daily life. In the midst of enormous social and economic challenges, these places demonstrate ingenuity and the inspiring power of reusing & recycling found materials, giving them a new function and renewed value.


Children in a favela in Rio de Janeiro (many of them are built on the hills) sledding from a slope, in a self build sled created out of plastic crates connected by a metal wire. Observing their joy I wonder; what's the difference between a roller coaster, a skiing slope or this inventive handmade 'zero costs' sled in happiness?