STOVO is a rug that creates an Isle of Warmth to bring these additional 2 or 3 degrees for people to feel comfortable where a person works, plays or reads. STOVO becomes inevitably a meeting point for friends and family to share moments of life.
STOVO's starting point is a reflection re. energy scarcity and how to facilitate a transition towards a more suitable way of heating our homes that allow people to be in control and afford a “Warm Home, Sweet Home”. The cost of energy can represent as much as 15% of household incomes leading people to reduce its use, especially for heating. This investigation initially focused on people's day to day life to understand how they used and why as well as how they managed the function of heating their households.
This investigation led to consider that a change of behaviour to create spots of heat to “ warm only the space where you are and when you need it” could provide the response we were looking for. But it needed to be facilitated by an object that people could control easily and that would create this emotional relationship that facilitates the transition towards this new behaviour. It also needed to be efficient in providing the comfort temperature that varies with each person.
The design strategy focuses on making people in control and seeks to facilitate its maintenance and lower the environmental impact of its recycling.
This project is now under development.