EDU: How to conceive public furniture that enhances and at the same time contributes to the safety of the environment?
The goal of the project consisted of developing public furniture for the new Medellín libraries, commissioned by the Architect Giancarlo Mazzanti. Our mandate included simple, casual furniture with interior lighting, resistant to the elements, and which would work in bothinterior spaces, and in exteriors as a combination bench and luminaire.
We engaged in the creation of an icon for the city, a luminaire, and public stool at the same time, without major formal pretensions, that does not compete with the environment, but on the contrary, helps to highlight it. Looking to recover space, it provides security with a comforting appearance that invites you to use it.
During the day, the stool simulates the appearance of concrete, but at night it transforms into a light so thatthe chair can be both installed permanently in public space and also become furniture that can be used inside without having to be fixed to the floor.
A similar design was created to facilitate both its installation and permanent assurance on the floor, as its conventional use as a stool, and as a system of lighting, recreates a space for social encounter, with the minimum possible elements.
The most surprising thing about this design is that it is also suitable for different scenarios, such as parks, squares, and sidewalks, but also enclosed and more intimate spaces.
Broken molding, in polystyrene with UV filter, the chair responds to the demands of use, thanks to its material and convex surfaces, which make the element more rigid and allows users to sit on this "cube", which, at night, illuminates the path for passers-by, who will want to take one of these objects home.