Organic Bench for Mekal

Type
Product design
Author
Fernanda Marques
Project Name
Banco Organic
Project start date
2013
Project completion date
2013

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Organic Bench for Mekal

In her most recent work, architect and designer Fernanda Marques, in collaboration with Brazilian steelmakers Mekal, which specialises in the manufacture of stainless steel, continues with her research into to applying the material in in the production of contemporary design furniture.

More than a bench, Organic is a seating system, that arises from the architect’s musings on kinetic art, prolonging itself through space as one or more units are used.

Conceived as a single piece, each one of its components fits alongside the previous and following units by means of their sinuous lines, thus incorporating the idea of movement to the seat’s final configuration. Thanks to its materials, the piece can be used both inside and out, doing away with the limit between interior and exterior.

Made to order, the Organic bench is comprised of 7 independent modules that fit alongside one another, each one weighing around 20kg. Consistently with the very design concept, there is no limit to the number of units that can be set to make up each bench.

For Mekal, the steelmakers in charge of producing the seat, it was the first time the material, highly resistant and therefore previously used mostly in the building sector, was used in making a piece of furniture. “They never fathomed seeing steel be treated as a sheet of paper, capable of producing folds of great plastic effect”, Fernanda Marques says.

To the architect, few materials are as contemporary as stainless steel. As well as being, among the materials used in the building industry, one of the least environmentally harmful. “It is fully recyclable – it can be reused indefinitely once it reaches the end of a long life of service, without losing any of its quality”, says Fernanda.

To the architect, few materials are as contemporary as stainless steel. As well as being, among the materials used in the building industry, one of the least environmentally harmful. “It is fully recyclable – it can be reused indefinitely once it reaches the end of a long life of service, without losing any of its quality”, says Fernanda.