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Designed by Samantha Wardle

A Traditional Seat Design a seat that embodies traditions or cultural events from your specific home country. The materials for manufacturing are unspecified.

Australia

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


Aboriginal culture And THE BOOMERANG The heart and soul of the historical and cultural events of Australia Indigenous Australians, otherwise known as Aboriginals are the heart and soul of Australian history. Before the settlement of the British colony, Aboriginals ruled Australia. They lived with strong dependence on land, allowing them to develop extraordinary skills including, hunting, fishing and gathering. They produced beautiful works of art entirely subjected to organic materials, created their own weapons and additionally manufactured musical instruments out of wood. In fact, some of these works are Australian national icons. It is this that will inspire the production of my traditional seat of Australia. The specific focus and concept The historical Aboriginal hunting weapon. Otherwise used as a sporting object and for entertainment. One of Australia’s national icons. This object will be the main inspiration and foundation of this seat. An aboriginal weapon– the boomerang

The concept outline

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


The placement of this seat will be outside. This decision has been conducted entirely reliant on the scenario and or task at hand. As the Aboriginal culture strongly interacts with nature, the placement seemed appropriate. Therefore, my traditional seat is specifically inspired by a a park bench.

Park bench inspiration boomerangcould be used to panel the seat

Designing an outside furniture piece, while counteracting inspiration from the boomerang. Predominantly focusing on the shape and form of this icon, whilst applying a modern twist. To further exemplify the primitive and tribal feel of the Aboriginal culture, their famous dot-to-dot style art will be be incorporated through mosaic. The clients are limitless: student looking for a place to read, an elderly wanting a comfortable place to rest and or a family out on a picnic.

Thus, designing a large shaped communal boomerang bench. Simultaneously, creating a comfortable and modern atmosphere, allowing exceptional social interaction, comfort, and relaxation – all under the flare of the Aboriginal culture.

Inspiration

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


Initial ideas and sketches

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


When deciding on the materials, it’s quite apparent that wood would be the focal element. As a boomerang is made from wood, therefore furthering the organic and tribal characteristics of the Aboriginal culture. Another way that these cultural characteristics will be exemplified is through incorporating Aboriginal art to the seat Chosen Materials: Wood: (Panels will be used as the seating layer) The type of wood impacts the quality and look of the bench immensely. Thus, choosing the type of wood is a vital. Factors in considering this would be: weight, heaviness, the source, grain pattern (by observing grain patterns you can tell how it has been cut from a tree, quatersawn or plainsawn), grain colour and more. MDF, OSB, and particleboard all have a distinct look, majority of the time distinguishable from the end grain of real wood. Veneer wood is a piece of real wood that has been peeled from a tree and attached to a substrate. However, for maximum quality for the furniture, real solid wood would be proposed. The wood that will be used is plywood. Concrete: (Will be used as the base of the seat and for the columns. Obviously, fixed to the ground) Strength and durability- As this chair is placed in a public space, it’s very important that it’s not prone to damage and will be sturdy and robust. Cement is also not weakened by moisture. Low maintenance- Any seat should be low maintenance, especially public seating. Does not attract mold or lose its key properties over time. Affordability- Compared to other building materials, cement is significantly lower in cost. Environmentally friendly- Cement is locally produced and used. Therefore saving in cost in regards to transporting the actual material. Also saves significantly on carbon dioxide admissions, therefore great for the ecosystem. Cement is also fire resistant, is considered a thermal mass.

Materials

Aboriginal Art Aboriginal art is comprised of dots, lines and symbols. However, more importantly each artwork tells a story. They often called their art “dreamtimes”. Tiles: Colours including red, orange white, yellow (from the warm pallet) Characteristics: •  sense of freedom and harmony •  abundance of colour variation (mostly warm palette) •  apparent use of dots, lines, symbols, lines and repetition

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


Size indicator

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


Up to 12-14 people can fit on one bench. Although, two benches is a fairly appropriate seating set up.

Seating specifications

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


Top orthographic

110

Front orthographic

20   Side orthographic

490 55  

Orthographic drawings

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


The bench features a combination between concrete and wood. The majority of the frame being concrete, with wood paneling as the actual “seating”. Each ends of the boomerang bench have mosaic tiles. The mosaic is modern and cleanly cut, with tribal colouring inspired by Aboriginal culture. The supporting panel are concrete and one center wood panel. The actual bench is fixed to the ground by the columns and fixtures growing through the layers. Bonding epoxy glue and metal columns run through for extra bondage. A finishing for the wood will be needed to seal the wood’s initial properties and keep it from rotting, peeling and changing it’s natural state. Of course, after time this finishing will be needed to be reapplied. A type of surface coating that could be used. Colour variation: (mindful that the mosaic does not change colour varation): 1.  Classic brown with a classic concrete 2.  All white. A sleek modern look 3.  Light brown wood with white concrete

Colour variation

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


Details

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10


Perspective drawings

Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

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Thank-you Project: The Traditional Seat Student: Samantha Wardle

Due: 16/10

Traditional seating  
Traditional seating  

Samantha Wardle

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