Waves bench which is designed for performing arts venue Zorlu Center PSM’s stairs in Istanbul, gives fluidity to outdoor stairs. Made of cross sections that are fabricated each one separate from the other. They are then assembled together for people to sit individually or collectively. Waves was constructed from steel, retified wood and wheels. Coming in 11 different movable modules that are all harmonic to each other, Waves defines the space in a smooth way becoming urban furniture that people interact with. It is intended to be used by everyone and meant to be a meeting and resting spot for all.
Waves was created as a street furniture with the idea of user protection against seating on a cold and dirty ground. Waves bench is named after the geometric shape of the basic module, which is thus transformed from a visual motif into a functional form. This design proposal for a contemporary city bench seeks to understand the concept of a stairs furniture as a holistic design problem. The wavy outline of the bench starts to interact with the outline of the stairs becoming a part of it. The relationship between the elements is strong and smooth.
The Waves bench brings the essence of nature back into a metropolitan stairs through dynamic, organic motion. This bench is made of many wooden parallel slats, each individually hinged. When you sit down, the slats you sit upon lower, creating a ripple in the bench headed in both directions. Each different modules are movable. They can be used as a single bench or a whole bench come together with different sizes. Internal springs connecting the slats pull their neighbors down in response, creating a wave motion. This slow-motion liquid ripple reaches the end of the bench and reflects back.
Movable bench Waves is a design for stairs furniture against dust and dirt. This unconventional outdoor seating idea consists of a series of vertical slats of wood. They are linked together by adjustable assembly fixings, offering a wide range of configuration options. Each of the moving coherently and become one big furniture when needed. Laser-cut, retified wood. Mechanical assembly. Wheels are attached to the axels with a single nut (1/2″) per wheel. Wheels are used both for the movement and disconnecing the relation between the ground. With this cold and dirt never would be a problem for the user.
Instead of offering only one single static design, each different module is movable with the help of attached wheels. This scheme suggests multiple varying solutions that meet specific dynamic criteria. That way the model’s structure is capable of producing a variety of unique furniture results. Together they generate an endless family of new urban stairs bench furniture. The project is first digitally modeled with the assistance of 3d modelling programs creating the profile curves that form the shape. Technology and creativity can lead to unordinary furniture that leaves a new impact on the stairs with a different atmosphere.
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