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08. XSA

Status Academic work
Year 2012

With Laura Vidal Alvarez, Bastien Moulien & Alex Perret

Program
Our discussion focuses on the different positions taken by the body at rest. The seating device that we propose works as anamorphosis characteristic postures: sitting, standing, lying, leaning. The bench is a summary of typical postures, resulting in a soft surface, ready to accept new forms of presence. It reveals a multitude of possibilities and evokes the continuous transformations of motion in a logic dynamic flow, these are characteristics of the contemporary society.


Materials and dimensions
- Multiple-bench seats: sitting, lying, leaning,
- Standard size: 800x800x2000mm,
- Material: Three-ply plates Pine Exterior Glue,
- Dimensions: 5000×2000mm,
- Thickness: 23mm.


Design process
- Definition of typical profiles corresponding to different positions,
- Linking of its profiles in a fluid way. Lines of the bench are worked so as to propose a form inviting and comfortable. Profiles which generate the form are separated into two categories (A-profiles cases; B-profile seats) which are inserted: A-B-A-B. This allows us to scoop the material, making the bench lightest. It also creates an assembly area that stiffens and stabilizes the bench. Finally the bench is divided into six groups to facilitate its transport.


Fabrication
- Validation of the conceptual and constructive principle through a model,
- Looking for material optimization,
- Use the minimum surface to machine all parts,
- Cutting with a digital milling machine,
- Assembly of profiles by the method ABAB along the two axes are shared by each profile,
- Adding spacers to gain in strength and stability.



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