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Tandem Bench Design: Part IV

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“Totem” pattern by site.
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Tandem Bench Design: Part IV
“Totem” pattern by site.

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 is the final article in a four-part series that highlights 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 designers Hana Ishikawa and Lara Rivera of site design group, ltd. (site) with details about the inspiration behind the “Totem” pattern and design process.


Q & A with site

How did you come up with the design?
The design grew out of an idea that we wanted a design that was complex, yet simple, graphically. The simplicity is in the graphic nature of the overall design, and the complexity is seen in the hidden objects – or ‘totems’ – that are embedded throughout the bench. All of the lines of the pattern are the same thicknesses and the radiuses are fairly standardized. The result is when one looks at the design from a distance, it may appear to be repetition of one shape.

What is one thing that inspired your design?
Our initial inspiration came from Scandinavian graphic designs with the beautiful, simplistic line-work patterns.

What do you think the biggest challenge was during this process?
Our biggest challenge was coming up with a design that wasn’t specific, but still flowed, and was non-contextual. We wanted to create a design that we could see in many different locations. Even though we have water, or even a saguaro cactus, we didn’t want it to seem like the bench could only be in the Southwest. Once we had a design direction, we had to find creative solutions for preventing head entrapment – by keeping all of the graphic lines tight enough to prevent a 4” diameter ball from going through them.

What was the most fascinating thing you learned during this process?
We don’t typically get to do much graphic design work – which this is more akin to than landscape architecture – but since we have diverse staff and talents in the office, we are capable of producing many different types of work! This was new and fun for us.
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