Design Students Create A Vision For Better Prison Furniture

Design Students Create A Vision For Better Prison Furniture
Arts & Culture

Designers from the University of Bergen designed pieces meant to help inmates relax and be more productive

Ivanha Paz
  • 23 february 2017

Students from the University of Bergen in Norway have designed a set of furniture comprised of chairs, beds and lamps specifically for prison settings. As part of the design process, they worked to create pieces that are easy to manufacture, but also considered the daily life of an inmate by making shapes that naturally help the body to relax and de-stress.

The students collaborated with Norway’s Correctional Services and their furniture will be used in the Bergen prison. They showcased their work at the Stockholm Furniture Fair from February 7-11 as part of the culmination of the project, where they chose between furniture geared towards a jail facility or a transitional environment.

One of the students involved was Frid Smelvær Høgelid who designed the “Nami daybed” with a curved mattress which encourages easier rest and calmness.

Other students focused on creating functional items that the prisoners could build and produce themselves, but that still retained a pleasing aesthetic quality, as is the the case with Elisabeth Frafjord Solberg’s “Light-Up” standing lamp.

Those who chose to design pieces for life after prison thought about putting elements of comfort and protection with large backrests and wide seating areas that allow for the person seating to absorb their surroundings, while still feeling a sense of control.

The designers instilled the notion of rehabilitation into their furniture design. Even the chairs meant for halfway houses or correctional facilities take into consideration that re-entering society after a long stint in prison is a difficult process that can generate high levels of anxiety and pose a means to decompress.

University of Bergen Design

+norway correctional services
+prison furniture
+Stockholm Furniture Fair
+university of bergen

More in Design


Subway Map Redesigned For Individual Riders

Nate Parrot gives the subway map an interactive refresh

15 December 2017

Staffless Gyms Pop Up In China

The country is seeing a rise in the number of self-serviced gyms

15 December 2017

The Latest


PSFK is proud to host a special half-day conference with expert speakers on new opportunity in brick & data retail

January 17, 2018 | New York City

A talk from Scott Bedbury at PSFK 2017 stresses the importance of transparency in a country that has fallen prey to “alternative facts”

September 27, 2017
No search results found.