I set out to create a fresh visual and tactile experience that aims to inspire unique interactions between multiple users. Inspired by high performance bridge structures, the design of both bench variations hinge on the two rib-like tapered laminations that form, either the rocker style base, or the top rails.
First, a series of thin wooden planks were created using a special tapering jig in a thickness planer, and then the individual laminations are glued together over a curved form. Then, the remainder of the wooden components were cut out on a bandsaw and table saw and traditional pegged mortise and tenon joinery was added at each juncture. After sanding and finishing the wooden sub-structure, the metal components were fabricated to form the seat assembly. The last step was wrapping the sailing rope around the metal rod or laser-cut sheet to form a flexible and comfortable seating surface.
Year Completed: 2012
Materials: Black Cherry, Laser-Cut and Powder-Coated Steel, Stainless Steel Hardware, Polyester Rope, Hand-Rubbed Oil/Polyurethane/Wax Finish
Dimensions (L x W x H): 68" x 18" x 18"