There seem to be so many ways to want to sit or lie down that no couch, chair or bench design could possibly accommodate them all, right? Well, this industrious and dedicated pair of industrial designers and artists set out to prove that theory wrong with Sitscape by Hackenbroich, a custom seating solution that combines elements of rigorous scientific analysis with creative design synthesis.
Using an almost architectural approach to this furniture design problem, the pair started by mapping out the various possible configurations for and needs of the users, balancing the results in a functional-but-stylized way in three dimensions. The result: a creative and complex form that is both artistic and usable, conforming to six basic sitting and laying positions but also unique in shape and form.
After modelling everything by computer, they used a series of flat-cut slices to create the higly complex real-life bench form. The shape and severity of the curves were tested with cushions along the way to ensure that each intersection would be comfortable when eventually covered by fabric. The final piece of furniture is designed to be composed of aluminum, made-to-order to custom-fit a client’s needs and available space and finished in fine leather.
From Parametrics, here’s a description of how the bench was rendered:
“I needed to make each curve a solid panel with a void at its center. In order to do this, I had to offset each curve on the same plan, create a planar surface, and extrude it to create the .25” thick panel. Next, I made steel rods that are holding the panels together by creating a solid cylinder and pushing or pulling the face in relation to the panels.”
“Next, I saved it as a 3ds file and imported it into 3ds Max. I added materials such as a white matte and brushed steel to the panels and metal rods, respectively. I added lights and rendered the scene. The image above is a side by side comparison of the rendered image (top) and the photo of the object (bottom). I’ve also included a perspective line drawing.”