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TEDx Maastricht

Karin Bruers gave an inspirational TEDx in Maastricht about Social Sofa. She tells how Social Sofa started, about the philosophy and developments in the future. For Karin Social Sofa means empathy, seeing each other, speaking to each other, to be there for each other, to not be or feel lonely but most of all to do it together. 

Solar Social Sofa

‘The sofa is very nice, but cold’ would people say. And that was true, but from now on that will change. Together with Ecotap, the manufacturers of charging point for cars and bicycles, we have developed the Solar Social Sofa. A sofa where you can charge your laptop and phone and will heat in the winter for a warm seat. With Ecotap we remain Co2footprintproof and therefore sustainable.

Andorra 2017

Andorra will be one of the first places where we, in collaboration with local government, will be establishing a Social Sofa atelier for young unemployed people in 2018. Their field of operations will be the north of Spain and the south of France.

Afghanistan, Kabul 2017

On October 10th Karin Bruers and Alham Omar Hotaki, the CEO of CRIDA, signed an agreement for a woman empowerment project in Afghanistan incorporating know-how in the field of mosaic. The knowledge obtained by Social Sofa will be shared with entrepreneurial Afghan women to support the restructuring of the environment, neighborhoods, mosques, buildings and walls. Karin Bruers will also contribute in increasing the Afghan mosaic market. Thanks to Moheb, an Afghan refugee working at the Social Sofa studio, she was able to get in contact with the Afghan authorities.

The portraits of the Afghan President and the First Lady as created by Social Sofa are displayed below.

Argentina 2016

In 2016, it was still too complicated and expensive to export one single sofa to Rosario, Argentina. A mosaic team, there under guidance of Laura Galetto, began refurbishing a town square with mosaic. This was a great success. The first talks were held this summer about establishing a Social Sofa atelier there too.