Pek Shun Ping’s Twist Bench at Artefact

Pek Shun Ping is a product design graduate from the School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) NTU. The featured Twist Bench is his final year project which will be exhibited in a collective exhibition, ARTEFACT at the National Design Centre from 5 till 27 September.

About the design: “The project aims to circumspect the design process with materiality in mind and translating it into a furniture piece. The project was based on materials and bamboo was chosen to explore in order to focus and better facilitate the design process. The choice of bamboo is due to its myriad of desirable characteristics and the rich history of how bamboo is used as a raw material.

Twist bench was conceived through the exploration of materiality. It translates the inherent qualities of bamboo – flexibility, lightness and strength, through its form and function. The flexibility of the bamboo parts has allowed the individual strips to form distinct individual curves simply by hand without the need to create specialized parts that forms each curvature. Sense of lightness is reflected in the perforation between the bamboo strips generating spatial gaps and creating visual lightness echoing the repeated void in anatomy of the natural bamboo plant. The suspension of the whole structure on the stainless steel stand gives creates a floating quality to the bamboo structure. The strength of the bamboo strips has allowed minimal amount of material to be used yet retained the structural integrity of the bench for seating.

The concept for the twisted form was developed from the exploration of human interaction with the seat. This idea was largely influence by the idea of the oriental design in comparison to occidental design. The idea of ergonomics was a concept developed from the west as a signifier and comfort for the user when using products. However, in eastern design the focus was not on creating the most comfortable seat but rather the seater could decide on the most comfortable way of seating. Thus creating the variation of choice in seating option serves an exploration on the way the user interacts with the product. The variable seat height along the “twist” caters to the different heights of the users and allows the user to find the most comfortable seating position.”

ARTEFACT is an exhibition of product design works by the Class of 2015, NTU School of Art, Design & Media (Major in Product Design). Make sure to pop by.

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