50+20 Collaboratory: Seesaw & Carpet Bench
A series of eight benches have been recently designed with the core theme of upcycling, echoing the "50+20 Agenda – Renewing Business Education in Asia" Conference on sustainability previously held on 16 & 17 July. Benches designed symbolise conversation and co-creation, provided seats to the participants in the conference. Two of them are highlighted below:
- Tutor: KaCaMa Design Lab
- Design Team: Ray Cheung, Ranger Hui, Ivy Tai, Josie Wong
Our team created two benches while participating, tutored by young designers from KaCaMa Design Lab. These benches were constructed from damaged tire and unclaimed carpets after exhibitions. The creations in representation of prac-ticality and the philosophy of “50+20” extend an invitation to connect, to talk and to share.
#1: Seesaw Bench: Tires do have a dynamic image!
"Its balanced aesthetic and contrast in shapes make it a sculptural object despite being produced from otherwise unsightly materials!" -Yanko Design
Our team got an initial idea of lifting and lowering and focused on the interaction between people sitting on the bench, which could act as a “booster” facilitating interpersonal communication. Then we started to look for tires for our design's features of bending and rotation. After requesting around Hung Hom, several car repairing shops gave our team damaged tires, and the materials are ready for the making after cleaning and transformation.
Tires do have a dynamic image. When it matches with a see-saw idea, a new meaning is given.
#2: Carpet Bench: Breaking the convention of bench
"These benches create a strong visual impact and reinforce the issues discussed." -50+20 Agenda
The design arises from the desire to create a bench which allows people to find their way of arranging seats for easier communication. It breaks the convention that benches are usually designed for seating in one direction. Users can sit side by side like sitting on any common type of a bench, or pull a seat away from the other part of the bench to allow face-to-face communication. Side back designs allow one’s privacy that people can turn aside from others.
Seeing tons of exhibition carpet waste being dumped into landfill, our team came up with a way to make use of the waste product in which its flexibility to create different forms fits the feature of the bench.
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