Emerging trends in teaming and the collaborative work environment was the primary driver for this concept.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Span is a seating concept that merges the principles of a rocking horse with the simplicity of a stool. Light weight and compact, Span combines utility and function in a small envelope. As the modern workplace evolves into a more collaborative teaming environment, small modular seating elements become imperative. Span was conceived to address this specific transformation but as the concept evolved, its application in schools, dorm rooms, hotels, and waiting rooms became evident. Span is a cost effective form that provides intelligent storage and creates value in an emerging market.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Span is a simple seating element that can be used in various ways. One can sit in a rocking position like a traditional rocking horse or in a position that allows movement from side to side. With a short base and a single point of contact it becomes very easy to swivel and change orientation/viewing position.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in December 2012 and finished in February 2013
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Injection molded plastic crown support and rocker base. Chrome wire basket.
Fabric and foam cushion over wood seat disk.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Base width- 635mm (25")
Seat height- 450.85mm (17.75")
Seat Diameter- 342.9mm (13.5")
Basket Depth- 63.5mm (2.5")
Rocker, Teaming, Collaboration, Storage
Research was conducted on seating elements that enable rapid teaming. Collaboration is key and simple seating elements that encourage and enable this behavior was the primary driver. The ability to store ones personal belongings within the framework of the seat became a key driver and informed the wire basket storage element.
The most challenging part of the activity was to realize an object that worked effectively and efficiently for rapid teaming applications. Combining utility and motion to create a fun seating element was the overall challenge.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Jeffrey Koffman, 2012.