Designer: Philippe Starck (France); Collaborators: Bibliothèques Sans Frontières (France), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR); Locations: Australia, Bangladesh, Burundi, Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Turkey, United States; Years: 2014–present

Ideas Box is a portable library and pop-up multimedia center that can be easily shipped, is energy independent, and can be set up in 20 minutes. It was designed to be deployed to areas of hardship—refugee camps, isolated communities, underserved urban spaces, and remote Indigenous peoples’ land around the world. Each box’s contents are tailored to the community’s needs. Ideas Box has been distributed across six continents, offering free access to information, culture, and educational resources, which are key tools in promoting healing and building more tolerant communities.

Image: Ideas Box Modules Transport and Setup, 2014; Drawing by Philippe Starck (Paris, France); Credit: © BSF & Philippe Starck