Kawadoko Bench by Shih An Ko

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Kawadoko

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Bench

INSPIRATION:
Kawadoko, which mean river floors, are patios built over the river by restaurants in Kibune during the summer. While kawadoko are temporary, they are quite sturdy-built with wood and bamboo. In Kibune, people are only a few feet above the river as they can enjoy the sound of water, the breeze, and the mist. Thinking Kawadoko as a pleasant escape from the summer heat, the design aims to evoke memories of kawadoko, bringing a sense of coolness into daily life.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Inspired by the memories of kawadoko, this bench is specially designed for escaping from the summer heat. The long gaps between the seat create a cool and well-ventilated sitting experience, and the rods that make up the seat are cut into flat surfaces to ensure comfort, while the edges remain circular, similar to the shape of bamboo, and serve as handles when moving the chair.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The scale and dimension of this project has been carefully arranged to achieve a friendly user experience. The width of the bench is wider than the average, so that user can easily sit cross-legged or even lie down to rest. The height of the shelf is in exact position where the hands are naturally dropping,which means anything on the shelf are within reach.the round rods serve as handles when moving the bench. In addition, a foldable cushion can be used during winter to ensure comfort.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in August, 2020 and finished in January, 2021, Taiwan.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Production: tenon and mortise techniques, woodturning Material: white oak

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 430mm x Depth 1520mm x Height 460mm

TAGS:
bench, summer, nature, furniture

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The project has explored the wooden structure of traditional Japanese architecture, and transformed it into the constructive concept of the design. Another research is about the relevance between furniture and human body scale,and how our body reacts in different circumstances, as these are the factors that refined the prototype in the process.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge is the making of the 1.5 meters-long wooden rods, which requires customized jigs to stabilize during the making process. And the burnt marks on the curved surface, after several attempts,have been successfully erased using certain techniques.

ADDED DATE:
2021-02-27 16:11:25

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Shih An Ko, 2020.

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Chieh Nan Ko Architects

PROFILE:
Founded by Chieh Nan Ko in 2001, the firm roots in Taiwan with years of cooperation experience with renowned local construction companies. The firm specializes in elegant and functional solutions. The main business includes hotels, office buildings, and luxury residences in various scale.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Kawadoko Bench by Shih An Ko is a Nominee in Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Kawadoko Bench by Shih An Ko is Winner in Furniture Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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