Transformation of prison cells into comfortable living spaces through design
Brooklyn industrial design student Kai Lin has created a contemporary furniture set for jail cells in juvenile detention centres in the US.
The desk, chair, and bed are intended to transform “a cold, confined space” into a more comfortable living area, said Lin, who has just graduated from New York’s Pratt Institute.
Through his work, Lin aims to promote the idea of juvenile detention centres as places of rehabilitation rather than strictly punishment. “Inspired by Scandinavian correctional facilities, such as Halden Prison in Norway, I created a furniture set for detained youths with an intention of providing a friendly, positive and comfortable living space for them,” he said.
The minimalist pieces are designed for use in American youth incarceration facilities, where prisoners are typically under the age of 18.