Multi-functional Public Seating
Journey was developed to bring an easily portable and highly durable seating to recreational or park settings. Inspired by natural log seats commonly found around campfires, it sought to bring this idea into the 21st century.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Journey is modular seating created out of bent steel and cedar wood that is meant to accommodate outdoor relaxation in a modern fashion. Modularity allows for ease of social interaction while also giving the freedom for more individual resting. The hole punched in the corner of the design functions as a leash clip for users with an animal companion and the space underneath provides a space to keep personal items dry.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Journey is a simple bent steel stool with a cedar plank seat; it will require no assembly by the user, and can be deployed at a park quickly following unboxing. The cedar provides a seat that does not overheat in the sun or freeze in the winter, while the powder coated steel will resist all the elements that nature cares to throw at it.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Journey was developed during design blitz as part of T-Minus 151, a first week experience held at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Our external partner was the Seneca Art and Culture Center at Ganondagan, the site of a Native American community that was flourishing during the 17th and 18th century in Upstate New York. Journey is currently under development.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Journey will be produced from folded, 3.175mm sheet steel, and welded along the seam formed by the folds for maximum stability. The folded steel will be powder coated and baked at a high temperature to produce a durable, weather-resistant coating. In addition, the seat planks will be held on with screws from underneath the sheet steel to create a seamless form of a flat plank ‘balancing’ upon a bent triangle.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Material 3.175mm thick, powder coated steel, and inlaid cedar wood. The individual seat is 458mm” wide, depth of 445mm”, Total depth of 890mm”, height of 450mm
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design, Cultural Seating, Outdoor Seating
The Ganondagan Cultural Center was looking for a seating system that would accommodate elders, families, or individual hikers, while staying true to their surroundings. Our challenge was to find a solution that accommodated multiple positions of rest for the center’s various users while exhibiting the freedom associated with the act of resting. Incorporated into our design is a nod to the surrounding architectural and natural environment of the cultural center. Together, we combine the two to balance modern and traditional elements in a form that represents the past and current culture of the Iroquois.
Our challenge centered around maintaining stability while allowing for the maximum use flexibility while keeping cost down. This was managed by keeping the number of steps used in production to a minimum, and using low cost, durable materials. The triangle, the strongest possible form, provides a strong structural element and the use of waterfall edges allows for ease of lifting, reducing discomfort, and encouraging movement.
TEAM MEMBERS (5) :
Sarah Balaschak, Django Skorupa, Jon Fratti, Nora Manzela and Daechan Kim