Students of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design recently formed teams with local rising designers to design a series of eight benches 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. The benches, which symbolise conversation and co-creation, provided seats to the conference participants and are now displayed at Jockey Club Innovation Tower, home of School of Design (SD).
The collaborative project was initiated for the "50+20 Agenda – Renewing Business Education in Asia" Conference, co-presented by
A group of students participated in this bench project came from the disciplines of Product Design. They were tutored by the rising young design talents, KaCaMa Design Lab, The benches were constructed from recycled and reclaimed materials, carpets after exhibitions and damaged tires. The creations in representation of practicality and the philosophy of “50+
Tutor: KaCaMa Design Lab
Design Team: Ray Cheung, Ranger Hui, Ivy Tai, Josie Wong
Bench name: Seesaw Bench
The team got an initial idea of lifting and lowering, and focused on the interaction between people sitting on a bench which acts as a “booster” facilitating interpersonal communication. Then they started to look for tires for its features of bending and rotation. Several car repairing shops gave them the 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.