Circula is an experimental solution created to offer a symbolic and functional space for dialogue and encourage direct social interactions. Circula is a project for the whole community and a profound statement of values: responsibility, ethics, sustainability and human centered approach in design which are the values revolving around ECO Solidarity initiative led in collaboration with Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
The circle is a perfect geometric figure, with neither beginning nor end. A universal symbol of balance and harmony that naturally brings people together. The circle cancels all the hierarchies and divisions. Sitting in a circle allows us to look everyone in the eye, to better express ourselves and get to know each other. It makes us more open to other and supports inclusivity. It encourages sharing and stimulates the creative flow.
The concept of circularity is extended into the social sphere. For each Circula purchased , another is donated to a community that requests one for social or charitable purposes. And if the buyer is no longer interested in the piece, it can be returned for further “circulation”.
Made from sustainable, durable materials, the Circula solution is designed to recover, reintegrate, and stand the test of time. The three different versions are made of spruce or pine wood, recycled plastic and phosphate steel. The wood is sourced from responsibly-managed, FSC- or PEFC-certified forests. The plastic is made 100% from recycled packaging, and it was developed in collaboration with Boomplastic, while the production process was carried out together with Nowymodel foundation. The visual and tactile result of this version is the beauty of waste material: the recycled plastic remains partially transparent to highlight the coarse and colourful fragments suspended within it.
The Circula’s seat is made of three interlocking modules, held together by an integrated, hidden mechanism. The seats rests on three legs, which can be anchored to the ground if necessary. These three supports guarantee complete stability, including on uneven surfaces. Circula is available in a standard size – 1900 mm in diameter – with seating capacities ranging from 2 to 8 people. In addition to a wide range of colours and materials, Circula also offers customisation according to customer’s preferences.