The bench was designed for library use, inspired by the word 'documenting39; 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.
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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; 'documenting39; 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.
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.
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Image #1 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014
Optional Image #2 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014
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Optional Image #5 : Photographer Webber Chen, 2014