Metric-Ganic Sculptural Bench by Webber (Ping-Chun) Chen

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Metric-Ganic

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Sculptural Bench

INSPIRATION:
The bench was designed for library use, inspired by the word 'documenting�39; and how the library as an educational facility witnesses the growth of human society. Studies of inorganic and organic forms to express human intelligence and societal change with regard to the natural environment were drivers for the design.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Metric-Ganic represents the idea of our civilization imprinting knowledge onto books and how humans have shaped the earth to create history. This focus of the sculptural bench is expressed through the study of natural and mathematical patterns. The geometry of the timber panels is representative of human knowledge based on mathematical calculations to create form. This contrasts with the natural grain of the white oak panels, which represent the earth, demonstrating the difference between inorganic and organic forms.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The user in the library can exhibit large books onto the timber panels, or seat on it while experience the rocking effect.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project began in July 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. The finished product was manufactured and fabricated in Taipei, Taiwan on January 2014 and was exhibited in The Victoria University of Wellington 'Make It' Exhibition. Feb 2014

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Metric-Ganic is comprised of two main elements, a steel frame and timber panels. The powder-coated steel frame is constructed with nine rectangular shapes, achieved with welded and polished joins. The shapes receive the timber panels, which are in turn secured with screws to the steel frame. Curves on both sides of the base reference organic forms. The white oak panels are studs glued together and patterned by CNC routing; the surface finishes are fine polished and coated with lacquer to expose the original wood grain.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The dimension of the Sculptural Bench is 1500mm x 1000mm, height 400mm.

TAGS:
Furniture, Furniture Design, Wooden Bench, Timber Bench, Wooden Table, Timber Table, Bench Design, Art, Architecture, Design, Metric-Ganic, Webber Chen, Designer, Sculpture, Sculptural design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The furniture design course involved investigation and research that led to the development of ideas centered on the theme of a learning facility. My chosen facility was the library; 'documenting�39; was the key inspiration. The design expresses how society changes the natural environment through the study of organic and inorganic form, wood grain and matrix patterns. The conflict between both forms expresses the tension between notions of sustainability and the adverse effects of human technology in shaping the world.

CHALLENGE:
Collaborating with an industrial furniture designer helped uncover the problems and challenges in translating the original design into production. This exposed risks such as using light steel tubes that could result in a fragile structure and put pressure on a limited budget. Retargeting the production aims allowed budget appropriate materials to be applied, while still maintaining a form that engages viewers and communicates the design concept.

ADDED DATE:
2014-02-27 20:45:07

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014
Optional Image #2 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014
Optional Image #3 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014
Optional Image #4 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014
Optional Image #5 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
'Make It' Exhibition, Victoria University, New Zealand

PROFILE:
With Metric-Ganic Chen explores the notion of how civilization imprints knowledge and how humans have shaped the earth to create culture and history - through this lens, the sculptural bench is explored via the study of natural and mathematical patterns. Differentiating between inorganic and organic forms, the origami appearance of the timber is a representation of human knowledge based on mathematical calculations, which contrasts with the natural grain of the white oak representing the forest and earth. The furniture piece was designed and specified as part of the SARC 212/312 Furniture Design Course at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. The course is coordinated by Lecturer Natasha Perkins and took place over the Summer Trimester with Metal Art Ltd. as a sponsor client. The design was further developed as part of an internship with Con-Di Interior Corporation in Taiwan, resulting in a prototype which takes into account costing and production methods. The prototype was then shipped to New Zealand and presented in the ‘Make It’ exhibition, held at the Faculty of Architecture and Design in February 2014.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Metric-Ganic Sculptural Bench by Webber (ping-Chun) Chen is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Metric-Ganic Sculptural Bench by Webber (ping-Chun) Chen is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2013 - 2014.

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