Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No Shortage of Site Furnishing Options

The eternal quest for more innovative furnishings always leaves mean amazed by the constant and never-ending iterations of a flat or semi-flat slab, 15-18 inches high, and able to last in outdoor situations and be cleverly placed or comfortable enough to place ones ass on for a spell. Different materials, configurations, and just plain oddities are the sum of this post - all with the same goal - take a seat.

The first is an interesting use of 'found' objects to create seating - perhaps in that next parade or police action - when the need to sit comes - you have got to take advantage of what's in close proximity. Contemporist shows this project by Jeffrey Gerlach and Andrew Stanley, Industrial and Interaction Design students at Syracuse University, DPW ADK - an adirondack version with an upcycled flair.

:: images via Contemporist

There a trend toward very interactive and sometimes acrobatic furniture, and a couple of projects touch on this idea. First is the 'Swingers' chair, via The Design Blog - the point of which I have not a clue.

:: image via The Design Blog

And the second, a more flexible option - art piece, kinetic sculpture, and multi-function bench - The Turn is a warped tank-tread design that looks equally appropriate in the gallery, some playtime, for some snoozing time in the park.

:: images via The Design Blog

Not necessarily 'site' furnishings, I couldn't resist these grassy wall panels from Design Miami 08 from the HSBC Private Bank lounge designed by Humberto and Fernando Campana - which via Dezeen take the: "...form of an “Oca” – a traditional communal dwelling from the Amazonian forest."

:: images via Dezeen

Some more contemporary examples as well, including one of my favorites - The Stones stool - designed by Marco Maran - although I've yet to get these on a project, ah recessions... via Contemporist.

:: image via Contemporist

Another modular example is The Campus Bench with its continuous forms that allow for infinite iterations and configurations. Simple and effective.

:: image via The Design Blog

And a significantly more shiny example of curvilinear modular seating via Contemporist - the Italian manufacturer Altreforme provided the simple and sexy Liquirizia modular seating.

:: images via Contemporist

And in closing, my absolute favorite. Leave it to the Scandinavians to dress up 'rustic' park furniture with a modern touch... via Vulgare. Kinda beats the National Forest versions... Nice.

:: image via Vulgare

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