Street Seats Bench Design Competition

By: Krasimir Karamfilov

June 26, 2018

On June 7, 2018, Design Museum Portland, in partnership with Portland General Electric Company and World Trade Center Portland, announced the 15 Street Seats semi-finalists to be fabricated and installed for a 6-month outdoor exhibition walking tour.

Manifold bench 

The Street Seats design challenge invited participants from around the world to reimagine the public bench. Entries were submitted from 6 continents, 24 countries, and 22 U.S. states by design firms, students, and individuals for a chance to be one of 15 semi-finalists, whose designs will be fabricated and installed around the World Trade Center Portland and Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland.

One of the 15 semi-finalists is The Art Institute of Portland student Dening He (BFA, Interior Design), who set out to construct a bench to hold up to the notorious climate conditions of the Pacific Northwest. The hollow design of the bench, originally referred to as “The Waffle,” but now named Manifold Bench, reduces the surface area for rainwater to collect on, which in turn speeds up the evaporation process for any remaining water. No bolts or screws were used in the construction process, as the overlapping planes interlock with each other. This allows the bench to support more weight with less material.

Dening He 

The Street Seats top three finalists will be announced on August 4, 2018.

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By: Krasimir Karamfilov

June 26, 2018

interior design