My current project in studio is to create a bench that will go somewhere in our department's building. I want it to stand out from what is currently in the building...a lot of hard edges and "cold" materials. There are student-made benches that are pretty cool, but not especially comfortable. I also want my bench to be interactive - to evoke a sense of 'play' with the user(s). Modular forms have been heavy on my mind this semester, probably the result of lots of paper-folding early on in the Fall. I especially love tangram puzzles now, and enjoy the possibilities that come out of different transformations using simple geometric forms.
My first models were very crude...I used tape and cardboard. I then thought about several factors that might impact the final design: materiality and the weight thereof (would they be too heavy to move around?) Would the edges be too sharp? Would the size be large enough to sit on even when parts are taken away? What if there was a cut-out pattern? What if there was upholstery?
And I obviously ended up with upholstery. I will further explore the details that go into constructing a plywood, upholstered frame and a slipcover for each part. I am very happy with the direction of this project and can't wait to get started on the real ones!