Tandem Bench Design: Part III
Anova recently partnered with four design firms to collaborate with our own product team to create new perforation patterns for the Tandem Bench, which will debut Oct. 20 at the ASLA Annual meeting in Los Angeles. Each firm created a unique design that we are excited to showcase in person at our booth in L.A.
This article is the third in a four-part series that will highlight each individual pattern and its designers. Please stop by Booth # 813 at the ASLA Annual meeting to see the benches in person.
Below is an interview with designer Adam McCollister from Dix.Hite + Partners with details about the inspiration behind the “Perspective” pattern and design process.
Q & A with Dix.Hite + Partners
How did you come up with the design?
As we do with many of our projects, we kicked it off with a brown-bag design charrette during lunch (including administrative staff). From there, individuals developed their designs further. The “Perspective” design stemmed from the desire for a slightly modern twist on a classic design… to keep it simple and not too trendy.
What is one thing that inspired your design?
The classic shadowbox fence, and how your view of (and beyond) is ever-changing… a new look from every angle. As a simple pattern with a 7° twist adhered to a sleek and timeless bench, “Perspective” uses a direct offset of the perforations in the backrest and back panel to allow dynamic views through the bench as one moves past, ultimately drawing you in to take a closer look and have a seat. The experience is heightened by powder coating the back panel with a contrasting color.
What do you think the biggest challenge was during this process?
Understanding engineering requirements for the bench and void space limits, etc. There’s always a little give-and-take during the design development process, and this was no different. The original vision remains intact though, which is very exciting!
What was the most fascinating thing you learned during this process?
All of the moving parts in the decision making process. For instance, it may not be as simple to just use thicker material to allow for larger void space. Every decision has implications that must be considered, and some that may not seem so obvious at first.