CUCULA – Refugees Company for Crafts and Design is a model project, with the aim of supporting refugees at discovering own talents, at learning and at constructing themselves a professional future. As a manufactory for design furniture based on the concept by Enzo Mari, CUCULA wants to open refugees the concrete perspective, to finance their living and their professional training on their own. Through the interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange, the project is dealing with socio-political and cultural issues and investigating scopes for possibilities as well as solutions for the individual and for society.
CUCULA takes an entrepreneurial approach to the enormous challenge of not only welcoming refugees in Germany, but also giving them an opportunity to develop their talents, gain practical experience and actively take their futures into their own hands. The special thing about CUCULA is the use of one of Enzo Mari’s design concepts. Well known for his ideas to make design more democratic, Enzo Mari has granted a license allowing and enabling people to produce high-quality, elegantly shaped furniture using simple tools and a low level of know-how. Among other things, this includes the ambassador chair, which is valued and in high demand in the design community. He puts his design ideas at the service of society, thus creating public value. CUCULA is an innovative answer to the question of how integration can look in concrete terms and be put into practice successfully virtually anywhere.