Furniture Inspired by Adaptive, Responsive Architecture
We came across this dynamic furniture piece during one of our Furniture, Fittings and Equipment (FF&E) searches recently.
Made of faceted Baltic birch plywood and white laminate, joined with piano hinged joints and tubular steel legs, the Origami Bench by blackLAB architects, has been designed for public seating and gains structural strength from the way the geometry of the planes fold together.
When looking at this, you can’t help but wonder how many combinations or orientations of the plywood planes they possibly tried before they struck success.
“Much of the beauty that arises in art, comes from the struggle an artist wages with his limited medium” – Henri Matisse
The bench was originally created for the See the Light exhibit, at the 2014 Interior Design Show in Toronto.
Photos by blackLAB architects inc.
Transformation of a former railway line into a cross-city pedestrian corridor linking Sydney’s City to Harbour.
ASPECT Studio with CHROFI are collaborating together on the design of The Goods Line for Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority. The Goods Line is a linear spine that connects a number of diverse city neighbourhoods, from Central to Surry Hills, to the harbour via the Darling Harbour Precinct. The spine stitches together a unique concentration of cultural, media and educational institutions forming a civic space rich with latent potential.
Beyond its connectivity function, The Goods Line will respond to a shared desire to connect and collaborate that exists amongst the stakeholders – Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority, University of Technology, Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, The ABC, TAFE – Sydney Institute, and City of Sydney. The Goods Line is conceived as a public platform for interaction, co-curation of events and exhibitions.
The revitalisation is expressed via a singular move. The laying of a new datum, a precast concrete ‘figure’, onto the existing railway corridor, articulating the site’s history and concurrently telling the story of today. These precast concrete panels form the paving, edges, steps, benches and seating as an integrated prefabricated piece. They are a re-tooling of an …
These clothes hangers by German-Latvian creative agency Flow Design don’t feature hooks, instead attaching to the underside of any metal surface with magnets.
The ‘Cliq’ resembles a standard hanger in size and proportion, but doesn’t have the hook section that traditionally attaches the hanger to a rail. In its place sits a powerful magnet that can attach to any metal surface, be it flat or circular.
The strength of attraction can support garments weighing up to two kilograms. To use the Cliq, users simply move the hangers close to the metallic surface and the magnetic force will draw the two together, making a satisfying click when they meet.
Available in natural birch, black, or white, the hangers can be slid along the surface with a swipe of the hand.
By eliminating the hook, the design saves six centimetres of vertical space on average. Another property of the magnets means that two hangers will naturally repel each other, creating an even gap between each garment.
The hangers can be individually branded with engraving, labels or pad printing, and can be purchased from the agency’s website.