Tulpi-seat Chair by Marco Manders

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Tulpi-seat

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair

INSPIRATION:
Everyone knows tulips. They are the jewels among our flowers, a great joy to many of us. A typical Dutch icon. They are a great inspiration to many artists and designers, including me. And I want to sit on a clean and dry seat in the public space. Because of this interesting feature, the design prevents the Tulpi from being exposed to outside elements like rain, bird droppings or leaves.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The eye-catching Tulpi-seat, developed by Dutch designer Marco Manders, will add colour to any environment. It is a perfect combination of design, ergonomics and sustainability with a huge fun factor! The Tulpi-seat automatically folds when its occupant gets up, guaranteeing a clean and dry seat for the next user! With full 360 degree rotation, the Tulpi-seat lets you pick your own view!

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Open the Tulpi by yourself and it will close itself automatically after use. The Tulpi can rotate around its axis at 360 degrees, which allows users to choose their own view.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Tulpi has gone through a seven year development, concentrating on its design, ergonomic features and engineering process. It started in 2004 and was produced in 30th march 2011

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The synthetic material offers a high quality and long durability. It can be used for recycling and produce a minimal amount of waste. Polythene is not affected by bacteria, making the product durable. This thermoplastic, allowing the possibility to be melted down and can be used again for new products. Available in nine colors.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Measurements Width 688 mm Height 1157 mm Depth 418 mm

TAGS:
Tulpi, Tulpi chair, Tulpi seat, Tulpi design, Dutch Design, Tulp chair, Flower chair, Tulip chair

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
We did exploratory and testing research We looked at the current streetscape in multiple cities. Internet: if the design already existed. We participated in a Dutch tv show to obtain observations and comments of a jury of experts, and reach a wider audience. Due to environmental aspects we switched from composites to recyclable polyethylene. Several prototypes were shown at various fairs and events. Vandal proof and safety tests were also performed.

CHALLENGE:
The biggest challenge was to keep the shape of a tulip and built in all features. Also to use a good and working fold-system. And now has the seat 'disappear'; in the backrest.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-09 22:38:25

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IMAGE CREDITS:
All photo's: Photographer Marco Manders

Visit the following page to learn more: http://www.tulpi.nl
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Tulpi BV

PROFILE:
Tulpi-design is based in Nieuwegein, The Netherlands, founded in April 2011 and owned by designer Marco Manders. Marco Manders started his business in graphic design almost thirty years ago. He gradually gained interest in product design. He entered his idea for the Tulpi-seat during a Dutch government pitch, an event where professionals were invited to enter their new design ideas for public space design. His entry was well received, but not the winner. By that time Manders had fallen in love with design for public spaces after which he decided to further develop and design the Tulpi-seat. The Tulpi-seat is designed to create more fun and color in our outdoor environments. The organic design of the chair is an ode to the tulip. Tulpi’s are high quality products: not only the exterior was a major focus point during the product development, we have also put a lot of work into the ergonomic features. The Tulpi’s constantly supports our lower back. Tulpi’s are highly innovative: the folding element of the chair guarantees a dry and clean seat. During the Dutch Design Week 2011 an independent jury concluded that The Tulpi richly qualifies for the predicate Good Industrial Design and awarded the Tulpi with the special GIO Award for most Original Design and Good Industrial Design (GIO). The Tulpi is a typical Dutch Design which we can characterise as: minimalistic, experimental, innovative, quirky and humorous. The Tulpi’s truly came to life at the beginning of 2012, when the chairs were ready for production. The chairs are a true Dutch Design product, completely produced in The Netherlands. Manders is currently working on more designs.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Tulpi-Seat Chair by Marco Manders is a Nominee in Street Furniture Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Tulpi-Seat Chair by Marco Manders is Winner in Street Furniture Design Category, 2014 - 2015.

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