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Uiliuili by Piotr Żuraw Designed for for the University of Wroclaw in Poland DNA by True Design The bench is created using modules of curved plywood Eurus and Sinuo by Matthias Pliessing ©Ieva Saudargaite Pliessing uses traditional boat-building techniques to steam-bent wood around a mold ©Ieva Saudargaite
09 Oct 2014

Sculptural seating for public spaces

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onoffice shines the spotlight on three seating designers from around the world creating sculptural, organic forms for public seating

Uiliuili by Piotr Żuraw

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Architect Piotr Żuraw has created a twisted, undulating bench for the University of Wroclaw in Poland that was designed to inspire and "encourage unconventional behavior". The Uiliuili bench, named after its undulating shape, is designed according to ergonomic principles. It measures 10m x 3m and is constructed from steel and beech wood.  


DNA by True Design

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The DNA bench is created using U-shaped modules of curved plywood that are combined to create multiple seating configurations. Inspired by the biogenetic helix form, each section acts as an individual seat, making it well suited to public spaces.

 

Eurus and Sinuo by Matthias Pliessing

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Philadelphia-based Matthias Pliessing uses traditional boat-building techniques such as steam-bending to form wood around a mould, creating flowing, organic shapes. The designs are realised through a combination of drawing, computer software and laborious craftsmanship.

Recently, Pliessing teamed up with Boston-based Rawn Architects and Harvard University to design two benches – Eurus and Sinuo – for the university's latest building.

 

 

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