There is something generous and inviting with a bench, a seat that is not divided, but meant to be shared with others. "Chair/Bench" wants to create something bigger than a chair, a community where several chairs side by side, close together, allows room for one more person.
The aesthetic for the chair comes from the school world, the classic school chair. Tubular steel frame and wooden seat, robust, durable and simple shapes suitable for mass production. In "Chair / Bench" the material has a more prominent role, raw simplified forms that together transform the archetype. Form follows function, therefore, the backrest and the seat is extra wide and continues out over the edges. The legs are angled outward to create support in the middle where the planks meet and prevents it from tipping.
Both chairs are made by artisans in Malmö, the strict design is offset by the uniqueness when the hand tries to mimic the machine aesthetic. The seemingly mass-produced, becomes unique.
Pine & Steel
Formex, Stockholm 2013
Sammarbete lokalt på riktigt, Malmö 2013