Flexible Vertebra

While experimenting with the “Future Wood”-Resysta beams, I came with the idea of exploiting one of the less strong characteristics of the material, namely its strength. The concept of a flexible bench is based on the fact that Resysta cannot support the load bearing by itself. When overloaded, the material starts to bend. It needs a second support material such as steel or aluminum.
The bench is built out of a steel structure. For the sitting and backrest a steel vertebra supports the Resysta beams, which are bent at different angles. The steel structural bars have a deep profile and shape the final profile of the bench. The Resysta beams are bent at a slightly different angle, being positioned at approximately 3-4 cm distance from the steel vertebra. The future wood beams are then fastened at the ends to the bench frame and flexibly pinned on three points to the steel vertebra.

At a first glance, the bench presents a straight profile and does not look different than the ordinary bench. However, sitting on the bench enables the person to experience a relaxation feeling. The Resysta flexible beams bend in order to deliver a cushion like feeling and reinvent the sensation of seating on a “wooden” surface.

The design of the bench is based on the rice husk, the main ingredient in the composition of Resysta. Its organic form was the inspiration to design a fluid/curved shaped outdoor furniture piece. Viewed from distinct angles, the bench has a different feeling and perspective; nonetheless, it preserves the natural fluid feeling.

The project won a design competition hosted by Mcneal & TUDelft and was between the final 10 in the design competition Collaboration-S. The final models ( 1:1 and 1:10) were exposed during the entire duration of the Dutch Design week 2013 at the Yksi expo in Eindhoven.

Project Description

  • Year: 2013
  • Type: Design Competition
  • Collaboration-S || Rhino Design Competition TU Delft
  • Team: Liviu Paicu