Float Collaborative Furniture by Perch Dynamic Solutions

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Float

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Collaborative Furniture

INSPIRATION:
FLOAT is the first in a collection of products designed by Perch Dynamic Solutions for Thomas Montgomery Ltd. Through collaboration the two companies share a desire to partner Irish based design with Irish based manufacturing to develop products which are internationally focused and highlight their focus on developing truly modern thought provoking solutions for workers of the 21st Century

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Float enriches the workspace environment by improving interpersonal space and enhancing meaningful interactions. As a truly flexible solution Float is designed to improve dynamic short term workflow. Research identified a need to design for natural group sizes and applied body spaces during social engagement or introversion. Float is a modular soft seating collection addressing the softer human needs in the Third Space while away from traditional workstations

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Float is a modular seating system which enables users to come together in more natural forming group numbers collaborate and interact. With its rotating seat and soft upholstered surfaces users can dictate how they can interact with people around them. Owing to its lightweight construction and utilising rotating castors the product can easily be repositioned at a moments notice by those interacting with it.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The Project started in June 2014 in Dublin Ireland and finished in May 2015. Float was exhibited as part of ID2015 Liminal Irish Design at the Threshold Exhibition at Milan Design Week (April 2015), New York Design Week (May 2015) and Dublin Event (Nov 2015) Float was also exhibited at 100% Design London (Sept 2015)

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

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Perch worked in collaboration with Thomas Montgomery Ltd. Knowing their inhouse capabilities as an upholstery manufacturer highlighted the company wide enthusiasm light hearted and considered approach to furniture and work solutions. They created an impossibly light novel and multi-functional HERO product which forms the DNA for a wide range of accompanying products in the family.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Modular Soft Seating System Moulded beech laminate back and arm support Dome topped PU foam swivel seat mounted on canting powder coated tubular steel frame. Hand crafted upholstery with combustion modified high resilient foam Wide choice of contract fabrics available Width: 1065mm Depth: 690mm Height: 770mm

TAGS:
float, softseating, collaborative seating, modular soft seating, concepts of urbanism

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
The concept is inspired by our initial research into the postures assumed by small groups of workers and those working individually. We were struck by how inappropriate solutions caused awkward interactions and how ill conceived tables forced dangerous and dissatisfying solutions. Perch developed a truly modular and flexible solution for workers which acknowledges the need for adaptable ergonomics during Away from the Desk activities. FLOATs light aesthetic is guided primarily by the spatial requirements of the dynamic human form.

CHALLENGE:
The challenge was to identify and create an exciting solution for breakout and soft seating products within the working environment. That could be considered comfortably disruptive in the marketplace but take a human centric design approach rather than product based approach

ADDED DATE:
2016-03-01 14:24:09

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Designers: Perch Dynamic Solutions and Manufacturers: Thomas Montgomery Ltd

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 Pauline Rowan
Image #2 Pauline Rowan
Image # 3 Pauline Rowan
Image # 4 Pauline Rowan
Video Credits: Media Coop


Visit the following page to learn more: http://float.ie/
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Thomas Montgomery Ltd

PROFILE:
Thomas Montgomery Ltd is one of Irelands leading contemporary soft seating and upholstered furniture manufacturers. Established in 1975 the company has built a reputation for designing and manufacturing high quality upholstered furniture for the office and commercial interiors markets. Quality through design is at the heart of the company ethos and is encapsulated in every product they produce. Its team of skilled designers craftsmen upholsterers understand what is needed to deliver the highest quality product and service. Working with Architects, Designers and Specifies Thomas Montgomery has worked on a number of prestigious projects throughout Ireland and has the imagination willingness and just that bit of skill to work on customer specific projects whilst continuing to grow its range of design led furniture. Design being at the heart of the companys operations we are now working to develop and produce modern office and commercial furniture which reflects the evolution of the modern working environment, supports the technology which is driving these changes and foster interactions among workers of the 21st Century.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Float Collaborative Furniture by Perch Dynamic Solutions is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Float Collaborative Furniture by Perch Dynamic Solutions is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2015 - 2016.



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