Built for cooperation.
Seat of Cooperation
Industrial Design / Conceptual Design
MFA Products of Design, School of Visual Arts
During Week 3, I built on one of my initial sketches, which considered ways our environment might be able to induce cooperation. Could furniture give us cues about how to relate to each other? Could an object embody my belief that we can only truly be functional if we all work together?
After a series of sketches and sketch models, I came up with a modular, slotted bench design made of plywood. The seats of the bench are made of one continuous piece of canvas that slides freely between the three spaces.
In order for three people to make the bench work, therefore, they must coordinate as they sit down in order to achieve an equal tension and balance. If they don’t, they will end up at different heights—and one of them may even drop unexpectedly...