When Michael Sodeau designed a stool made from recycled cork, he added to its simple silhouette, two holes that would make the stool easier to move around. These two little holes became eyes and suddenly Casper was born. The anthropomorphic touch that lent Casper an embryonic personality led to a collaboration with Movement on the Ground, a foundation that supports refugees by identifying gaps in available aid and providing practical support.
10% of the profits from the sale of every Casper stool go directly towards providing safety, shelter, food, water and medical aid to refugees.
“Casper is a true collaboration between design and refugee support. The stool cleverly highlights a key component in crisis situations - eye contact.” - Dylan Ingham – CoFounder Movement on the Ground.
Who’s Casper? will see 16 unique designs on show at designjunction before being sold in an online auction with all proceeds going to Movement on the Ground.
Every design has developed Casper’s playful personality and focused on a different aspect of his individuality and of the refugee crisis. From illustration, graffiti, abstract pattern, typography and simple sculpture, interpretations range from a Casper that looks as if he has stepped out of a Tove Jansson illustration to a Casper that shimmers in gold.
Generous contributors who braved the challenge include designers; Tom Dixon, Ross Lovegrove, Sir Kenneth Grange and Moritz Waldemeyer, artists; Barnaby Barford, Jon Burgerman, Anthony Burrill, Nicholas Burrows, Alex Chinneck and James Joyce, architects; Autoban, Studio Egret West and Snarkitecture and illustrators; Vic Lee, Esther Cox and Chrissie Macdonald.
Each stool is being exhibited at Modus’ stand at designjunction and bidding is open now at www.whoscasper.co.uk
Bid for your favourite design and grab the chance to acquire your very own piece of art in the knowledge that all funds contribute directly to supporting refugees.
Every Casper is being exhibited and sold without revealing its creator so that all bids are made on the merit of the design rather than the name of its creator. This anonymity also aims to highlight the anonymity endured by every individual caught up in the refugee crisis.
Here’s what some of the designers had to say when faced with the challenge: