Why Limit Your Options? : Fixed Seating vs Movable Furniture

The track system demonstrated by the CHAIR>bench project has proven to offer a wide range of configurations. Since its debut, we have been pushing forward to bringing the track system (patent pending) to market. Through the development of the first steel prototype (final product will be in stainless steel), the system has confirmed it is a competitive alternative to high quality fixed site furniture options. Designers will soon have a choice between fixed and securable movable site furniture. Since the track opens up a wide array of possibilities, they will no longer be limited to one arrangement.  Note: We are looking for pilot projects for installing the system. If you have a project where you would like to use it, please contact us.

The following diagrams exhibit these possibilities using a “T” track configuration in comparison to a conventional bench arrangement along a streetscape. In addition, it shows how combining the “T” track can be used to create even more complex combinations within larger spaces. Continue reading

A More Agile Streetscape

The following plan and rendering illustrate the use of the permanent stainless steel track embodiment of the track and sled technology (patent pending) to create an agile streetscape that replaces the traditional fixed bench with movable chairs. In addition, tables (not shown) can be mounted to the system to add even more choice for the users. The plan shows how the system can not only provide infrastructure for movable site furniture but also direct water to the bioretention areas along the green street.  Continue reading

Expanding the Use of Movable Site Furniture

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“…a wonderful invention – the movable chair…the big asset is moveability. Chairs enlarge choice: to move into the sun, out of it, to make room for groups, move away from them. The possibility of choice is as important as the exercise of it…There declarations of autonomy to one self, and rather satisfying.”

–William H. Whyte, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces

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The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces opened my eyes years ago to what makes outdoor spaces successful. It felt like the rosetta stone for creating great public space. Like many urban designers, the genius of William Whyte’s insights inspired me to create spaces that imbued these revelations. Choice in particular resonated with me. Choice meant freedom to allow the user to change the public space to adapt to their needs and the situation. Movable tables and chairs were the epitome of this.  Continue reading