Toronto-based a multidisciplinary studio blackLAB architects inc. have designed the Origami Bench.
Tony Round of blackLAB Architects shares the backstory of the Origami Bench concept;
We’ve been interested to experiment with piano hinges as a means of connecting facets in furniture for a little while. This provides both a structural connection as well as a detail that’s similar to the look of piping on upholstery – though in a clean way that maintains the sharp lines. The hinges aren’t locked in any way, so the geometry of the facets and the tubular legs really comes into play in giving the pieces rigidity. The benches were designed through process of working with folded paper sketches and 3D models.
The origami bench is prototype lounge seating designed and fabricated blackLAB architects. This original piece was created for the recently concluded See the Light special exhibit at the 2014 Interior Design Show in Toronto – benches were designed to be a place to rest in the communal space of the exhibit. The look of the pieces parallels the language of walls and floating roof planes of the See the Light space.
The benches are made from facets of baltic birch plywood connected by piano hinges with a white laminate top. The geometry of the planes fold together to give stiffness to the shells that rest on tubular steel legs. After the Interior Design Show, the benches were repurposed as lounge seating for the blackLAB architects office space.
Photos courtesy blackLAB architects inc.