Autumn Brights: Side by Side Outside
The Cabinetmakers' Autumn Exhibition 2017
THE MEETING ROOM: Designed by Studio David Thulstrup for The CabinetMakers’ Autumn Exhibition; a bench composed of 4 backrests, created using transparent Perspex® acrylic sheet (Amber 300), gathered by a square terrazzo seating bench.
The idea was to create ‘a room’ rather than a piece of furniture: “A furniture architecture” and a communal area that promotes dialogue between strangers in the public space.
‘How can a piece of furniture facilitate human encounters and interactions?’ Studio David Thulstrup commented on their design brief method: “Our approach for this public space furniture was to avoid designing obvious furniture, but more an art installation”.
The Perspex® acrylic was cut-to-size and neatly framed by Mads Raaschou to complete the backrests; all 4 framed panels are placed asymmetrically around the terrazzo bench structure by Peter Bendtsen. The furniture piece offers various seating and interaction typologies, including multi-couple face to face, and group ‘in circle’ meetings too. The transparency of the Perspex® acrylic sheet keeps the seating area aesthetically bright and ‘open’, whilst acting as a sound barrier for multiple conversations to be had at once. Overall a physically closed environment, yet, visually opened to invite anyone to join.
The Cabinetmakers’ Autumn Exhibition is an annual showcase at Design Museum Denmark. The exhibition in Autumn 2017 brought together 40 creative proposals and solutions for outdoor furniture in the museum garden running from September until November 2017.
The piece has now been moved to the design studio where it is enjoyed by the Studio David Thulstrup team and their visitors.
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