Petalis Lounge Urban Lounge by Helen Brasinika

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Petalis Lounge

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Urban Lounge

INSPIRATION:
Inspired by the ability of concrete to transcend its common usage, the piece is seeking to redefine the boundaries of the medium through innovative works that showcase its variability, fluidity and warmth. A perceived solid and rigid material for a flower form and its fragile associations.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The concept is to change the way we perceive the urban landscape and the we way we interact with it in the presence of other human beings. Intimacy, relaxation and the ability to bring home utilities to urban scapes can open new interaction and communication channels among users. One piece installation that comes to establish a permanent and interactive presence.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
A cosy urban concrete lounge that provides seating, relaxing while at the same time within an arms reach a wine cooler option is accommodated. Petalis integris comes from the botanical literature which brings the horticultural culture to the design by a fresh living touch to the rigidity of the material.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
September 2013 to December 2014.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Reinforced cast concrete, using low density polystyrene molds. The final surface acquires a smooth finishing by acid etching advanced methods. Colored in its body before casting.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
456X456X44 Seat height 100 flower pot height

TAGS:
Street furniture, Urban Lounge, Cast Concrete, Polystyrene, Moulds, Color, Wine cooler, Nature, parametric design, free forms

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research has been conducted in parametric design software and complex free flowing forms that come from nature. Moreover, advanced production methods using cast concrete as the core material were researched and case studies of innovative solutions using concrete and other cement based materials were analysed.

CHALLENGE:
While acknowledging to the needs of our community and environment, the challenge was to explore the boundaries of concrete and keeping in tune with the needs of contemporary design. An exploration of pursuing advanced aesthetics while aiding the evolution of a structural material outside its common context.

ADDED DATE:
2014-09-02 11:39:28

TEAM MEMBERS (3) :
Helen Brasinika, Head Designer & Project Manager, Anastasia Rokkou, 3DCad Designer & Renderer and Panagiota Brasinika, Design Assistant & Research

IMAGE CREDITS:
BllendDesignOffice

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
BllendDesign & Research Office

PROFILE:
BllendDesign & Research Office is a progressive design and research company that creates innovative design solutions using a variety of classic or high advanced beautiful and sustainable materials. The motto is that we are more than the sum of our parts and so is the development of our perception and cultivation.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Petalis Lounge Urban Lounge by Helen Brasinika is a Nominee in Street Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Petalis Lounge Urban Lounge by Helen Brasinika is Winner in Street Furniture Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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