RAILS designer Gwendoline Porte has collaborated with renowned French artist Marc-Antoine Goulard to create a one-off piece to benefit the charity Life Project 4 Youth (LP4Y), a non- profit organisation which provides professional and social integration to excluded young adults through entrepreneurship.
Porte and Goulard’s uniquely crafted structure, available at Clerkenwell Design Week along with the rest of the limited-edition RAILS range, was conceived out of a desire to extend the concept of better living outside of the design community and into the world-at-large. The pair’s chosen charity, with its quest for social and professional integration, resonated strongly with their own ideas about how ergonomic design and thought- provoking art has the power to change lives for the better.
‘The finish of this piece aims to reflect the varied and sometime turbulent journey of life,’ says Goulard, who has layered the sculpture with vivid colour to bring depth, light and intensity to it. This multi-layering creates an imperfect finish, incorporating marks and scars, reflecting the resilience of those young adults currently living in poverty and exclusion. But the vividness of the sculpture also suggests a sense of hope and second chances. ‘We both believe that good design and education will help us to live in a better world,’ adds Porte.