Living Inside-out- The Homelike Public Furniture

DesignerBrian Lee, School of Design, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Denise Chan, DUO Lab
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

By introducing homelike experience in public space, the design "Living Inside-out" borrows analogy and quality of private living room and terrace, which signify concept of cozy home to enable sharing quality time with family and friends at outdoor public setting. Seats with different sizes, shapes and orientation are arranged instead of normal bench that only affords single orientation, face to face chatting and intimate communication are facilitated. Applying Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM), a durable synthetic rubber usually applied for playground flooring, is the first case being adopted as major material for constructing body of furniture. It performs excellent in shock absorption, weather resistance, water permeation, and vivid color fit for different users and HK weather. 70% filler of the work is recycled tyres and reclaimed pave stones. The Fiberglass seating platform in white color is designed for easy dismounted and maintenance. LED stand lamps are powered by solar energy.

About Designer

Brian Lee and Denise Chan has worked in research and development of furniture design for more than 15 years. They have studied and developed series of contemporary furniture with the implementation of reinvented traditional joinery technique and different materials. They are, famous for their serious user-centered study and innovative approach, engaging different types of commissioned public art projects by Hong Kong Government and social innovation projects with different NGOs in the capacities of designer, curator or facilitator.