Project Description

D E S C R I P T I O N

Public Space Furniture
December 2015

Research project derived from structural principles developed in the Pomegranate Lamp.

This project builds on the structural research that resulted from the Pomegranate Lamp. It is an exploration of the formal, structural and even social benefits of creating objects based on polyhedra that are easily broken down into the repetition of a single module.

This research on the structural advantages of repeatable modules was explored through a variety of object design proposals. This modular seating system is one such proposal.

The advantage of using a modular structure in this case is to allow students or co-workers to customize their seating arrangements in order to inviting interaction or to shy away from them, depending on their needs. It becomes a non-verbal form of communication that empowers the user to have their privacy or connection needs met in a space that is accommodating of both.

F E A T U R E S

Modular Dodecahedron

The structure of the chairs is derived from the following question: If I was to break down the space inside a dodecahedron, so that the repetition of a single shape would fill out the entirety of it's inner space, what would that module look like?

Cushion Functions

The color coding of the cushions is to distinguish their purposes in building your personal space. The dark grey cushions are meant to be at the base and are heavier in order to ensure the seating arrangement is stable no matter how it's configured or leaned against. The light grey cushions are common building blocks with no special features, and the orange cushions have a light embedded in them in case the user needs some extra lighting.

Universal Tying

Whereas zippers, velcro or buttons require the cushions to have complementary attachment components, using snap hooks removes the puzzle of matching pentagons together given their uneven number of sides. Circular snaps allow for multiple connections at any given intersection and are easy to clip and unclip.

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