CREATING A SET OF PLAYFUL SEATS FOR PUBLIC SPACES

Solmaz Ahmadifard

fard.solmaz@gmail.com
455 36 505

HOW CAN I AS A FURNITURE DESIGNER MAKE PUBLIC SPACES MORE PLAYFUL?

What did you want to accomplish with your project?

I intended to introduce a different type of seat for public places, one that is not just visually attractive but also functionally appealing! Seats that bring an element of fun, movement and colour to these spaces. During the research and design process, I came up with the idea of designing individual seats that can be used as a group of moving seats. This creates interaction between the users in a nice way, by respecting each user’s privacy and making public spaces more friendly and playful.

What has inspired you?

During my travels to a number of countries in recent years, I realised that most furniture designed for public places consists of wooden or steel fixed benches, in a classic style and with few attractive features. I believe that playfulness and excitement are two aspects that should be seen and felt, and be a vivid presence in modern cities. As a furniture designer, it would be great to reflect playfulness in public seats and boost the atmosphere in public spaces by making it more cheerful.

What was the result?

The Happy seat is the result of my search for movement, movement of pieces of furniture focusing on public seats! Soft movement and vibrant colours are used as the main elements of the seat’s playfulness. All the feedback from potential users during the research and design process was remarkable and helped me to push my project forward and reach the final result.

How could the project be developed further in the future?

Well, as regards future development, I would say that working on different types of material for the seat is my main concern. Since The Happy seat is a flexible concept, it can be used and installed in both open and covered spaces like shopping malls, libraries, cafes and open public spaces like parks, i.e. its area of application is really wide. It can even be used in homes or offices and schools. This means that it will be possible to produce and present the seat in a variety of materials that fit its different applications. Cork, metal and bioplastics are the materials that I will work on in future.