GOING WITH THE GRAIN: design an object using sustainable wood

Competition Details
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ECO Slice Bench

by BSStudio
Co-authors: Daniel Pfautz, Brigit Bruning

The use of sustainable wood is an obvious choice to preserve our existing forestry and continue to create beautiful objects with natural materials. For this competition we explored an object that has a specific function, but can be built in a new way with an environmentally friendlier material. Abiding by the constraints of the project, we have created a bench seat that is made of flat packing slices from the 4’ x 8’ x 1” FSC Appleply plywood. We wanted to present a contoured surface that would be both ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing. To better emphasize the relationship to the material, the views of the bench exhibit the raw material as well as the structure’s organic curves. The slices of 1” thick pieces form a series of ridges that contour to the human form while relating to the repetition you would find in the plies of the material. The assembly requires each seat slice to lock on to the main structure, which is then held together by the use of two pairs of EcoSystems: Alpha hardware. This bench has few different parts and the pieces can easily be disassembled and reassembled many times.