Street Furniture Australia, with support from the ACT Government, has begun the Discovery phase for #WodenExperiment, a six-month furniture installation to activate Woden Town Square in Canberra. Members of the community, local businesses and politicians gathered to discuss the project and share their experiences of the square at a workshop held in March. Around 40 participants brainstormed issues and opportunities for the square around Retail Experience, Community Involvement, Comfort and Amenity, and Wow Factor. “It was exciting to see so many people filling the room, with a great mix of people from community, business and local government creating an atmosphere of high energy and interest,” says Diana Hill, Manager Capital Works – Urban with Transport Canberra and City Services. “As a result many great ideas about issues and opportunities were discovered …
Flower Chair to make festival debut
As the International Festival of Landscape Architecture approaches, Street Furniture Australia is gearing up to release prototypes of the fixed, yet movable, Flower Chair.
Last month StreetChat brought you our White Paper on the movable seat, exploring how public spaces become more inviting with the ability to decide your position.
Flower Chair is a novel approach to the movable seat that is fixed to the ground, yet allows sitters to adjust their outlook.
The seat will swivel 360 degrees, empowering sitters to look for the best view, interact with neighbours or enjoy some solo time, and change their position in relation to the sun.
Fixed at the base, it provides an opportunity for placemakers to experiment with movable seating, with the added peace of mind that their assets cannot ‘walk’.
Given the option, people will almost always move a chair before they sit, often just a little and even if it doesn’t seem to accomplish anything.
The Flower Chair was designed by Josh Flowers, a former University of New South Wales industrial design student, for Street Furniture Australia’s Sense of Place competition.
The brief challenged students to design a street furniture product that gives people a reason to stop and become involved in a public space.
Flower Chair prototypes will aim to do just that at the 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture in Canberra this October.
“The Flower Chair is designed to activate and uplift public spaces,” says Flowers.
“The process of designing it at Street Furniture has been incredibly exciting, from early mockups to machined prototypes. We have been been meticulous in the details and passionate about the resolution of the concept.”
Street Furniture Australia’s Head of Design Phill Slattery and industrial designer Michael White have been working on the strength, reliability and comfort of the seat in the lead up to its debut.
Catch the Flower Chair’s premiere at one of Street Furniture Australia’s several festival pop up parks on October 27 to 30, with the program and tickets now available through AILA.
With the theme Not In My Backyard, the festival will host 20 events to connect the public with landscape architects, curated by Creative Director Richard Weller and AILA.
Flowers will receive royalties for his Flower Chair design, while achieving a dream to see people interact with his seat in the public domain.
Street Furniture Australia has used empathy interviews, personas, observations, journey mapping and other user-centred research techniques to focus #WodenExperiment on the community. These qualitative methods unearth rich detail about the lives and needs of people who use Woden Town Square. The aim is to inform the design of the six-month installation with a “community first” philosophy. “We employ user-centred design techniques in the making of our furniture, and #WodenExperiment now offers the opportunity to apply this methodology to public places,” says Mark Armstrong, Street Furniture Australia Design Director. “One of the challenges of public space is meeting the needs of people from many different walks of life. Through our empathy interviews and observations of the town square we have come up with six key personas to design for. “The personas …
ABC Radio Canberra’s Jolene Laverty chats with Street Furniture Australia’s June Boxsell about #WodenExperiment on Drive. The following is a transcript of the program, which aired on Wednesday April 4, 2018. JL. The social project that has increased foot traffic in Garema Place by 200% is going to be replicated in Woden. June Boxsell is the Design and Marketing manager of Street Furniture Australia and she runs these programs, hi June. JB. Hi there, thank you for having me. JL. Thank you for joining us. So it’s called the #WodenExperiment and it’s based on the very successful #BackyardExperiment, which was held in Garema Place a few years ago. Can you just take us back to 2016 and remind us what the Garema Place experiment was? JB. The #BackyardExperiment was a …
Landscape architect Nicholas Camerer, from Fremantle’s Ecoscape in Western Australia, is the winner of the first Intergrain Urban Timber Project. Graduates and students pitched their designs for a functional piece of urban furniture for a community garden in Werribee Park, Victoria; a supportive cross-cultural hub for locals and Karen refugees. The challenge: to find imaginative ways to use timber in a seat that invites the community to come together. Camerer’s winning design, ‘Hatch,’ features a curved form and strong timber cross beams, which can serve as a leaning rack for tools and garden stakes when not being used as a seat. Flashes of red, white and blue on inner panels represent the colours of both Karen and Australian flags. The bench is designed for easy maintenance and cleaning, and complements an existing …
Josh Flowers, a second-year student in bachelor of industrial design at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), is the winner of the third annual Sense of Place design competition for 2013. The competition is a collaboration between Street Furniture Australia, a leading street furniture manufacturer, and the industrial design program at UNSW. Dr Mariano Ramirez, a senior lecturer in industrial design at UNSW, says: ‘The Sense of Place brief challenged the industrial design students to consider the theory of ‘placemaking’ in urban design, which is essentially about giving people a reason to stop and become involved in a public space.’ Flowers is the recipient of $500 prize money for his winning concept, the ‘Flower Chair’. As part of an internship with the Street Furniture Australia team, Flowers will have …
The University of NSW Industrial Design program, in conjunction with Street Furniture Australia held a design competition as part of the students’ Sense of Place design studio class. The brief was to design the next generation of public outdoor furniture. Ten top projects were shortlisted by university staff and their designs submitted to be judged by an expert panel from Street Furniture Australia. After a long and gruelling discussion, a unanimous decision was reached and Street Furniture Australia would like to congratulate the following students for their innovative and practical designs. Jan Gerardino Design by jan Gerardino Xiaomeng Shi Design by Xiaomeng Shi Street Furniture Australia will continue to support the UNSW Industrial Design program and can’t wait to see what this year’s group of students come up with.