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Lian

A outdoor bench connects


Content

Content


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Introduction

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Inspiration

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Research & Ideation

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Test & Prototype

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Final presentation


Intro

Introduction This is a sponsor project by Mad Workshop with the topic of outdoor public furniture given. The prompt of this project is “How can public furniture bring people outside?� Lian is a modular outdoor bench that can be arranged to fit all kinds of environment and create different seating positions to encourage socialization as well as enjoying the outdoor space.


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Inspiration

Inspiration As a class, we start the project by gethering visuals that represent who we are as designer. With this carefully compiled insipration board, it helps us identify the aethetic of the furniture we are designing down the road.


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Each board is representing inspirations from different area. The first board is a collection of visual from fine art and nature. The second one represent product design inspiration, and the last one showcases furniture inspiration.


Research & Ideation

In the begining, I start to study what contribute to a comfortable seating experience such as the 45° seating angle, and supporting touchpoints.


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I am very interested in how multiple furnitures can extend the scope of an individual form and create different seating interactions as a result. I drew many topview drawings to explore potential patterns.

Flowing wave design that can be mixmatched to inspire different seating position


Research & Ideation

Inspire by voronoi pattern, I start to ideate benches that mimic voronoi pattern structurally.


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Research & Ideation

Further development of previous ideas.


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Research & Ideation

Inspired by the natural roughness of stone, caved surfaces is created for purpose of comfort and utility.

arbitrary shape

Integrating plants to create shade.

plant pot


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form hinting the sitting position, and potentially inspire new sitting position

seat for two

armrest

footrest


Research & Ideation

armrest

stair seat


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environment of use

Due to manufacturing difficulty, the stone inspired design is abandoned. Instead, I went back to the flowing wave idea.

public park


Research & Ideation

dented surface

translucent glass

glass

chrome

foot res


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soft slanted transition

concrete


Research & Ideation

seat

seat

base


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environment of use

plaza


Research & Ideation


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Research & Ideation

self-skinning foam

steel bracket


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Research & Ideation

After all iterations on form and material choices, the below design was depicted as final direction. The yellow/white unit on top shares the same rotomold tooling which makes it easy to reproduce.

rotomolded polyethylene

steel bracket

storage

complementary units


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Initial attempt on building model in Solidwork. In the right hand-side rendering, I showcased the wood slats that support the upper seats. It turns out that the sponsor likes the wood slats on its own without the white seats on top.


Test & Prototype

From drawing to 3D, I use CAD models to figure out the construction of the bench.


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Taking feedback from the sponsor, I changed my design with the wood slats as a part of the seating. A graceful angle is also added on the yellow seats to provide extra comfort.

38.00

07

7.

0.25 3.75

38.00

0.25

1.58

R1.50

R0.25

16.00

R1.25

18.25

6.52

R0.75

19.75

21.00

8.00

5.00

1.50


Test & Prototype

In the final iteration, the steel base was painted with matte yellow finish to enhance its visual impact. The legs are also changed to square shape so they can be placed side by side to reduce visual cluster.


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roto-mold pressure treated decking

painted steel framing

The frame is strong yet light weight. All seatings are roto-mold constructed. The frame also has two holes for legs to be assambled.


Test & Prototype


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Multiple full scale cardboard models were made to test its dimension and comfort. A quarter scale, fully painted and finished model was made for the final presentation to Mad Workshop. The photo on the left is a snapshot of the making process of the final model. All seating parts are 3D printed, then they are primered and hand-sand for the final painting.


Final presentation


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Final presentation


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Final presentation


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DIEMENSIONS 1st piece

2nd piece

width: 38” depth: 38” height: 24” seating height: 16”

width: 38” depth: 38” height: 24” seating height: 16”

4.00 8.00

10.50

19.75

8.00

16.44

8.00

18.25

1.00

1st piece


38.00

9.50

38.00

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4.94

2nd piece

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