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White Paper: The Movable Seat
Lively, enjoyable public spaces start with inviting places to sit. Movable chairs offer the option to sit in groups, in pairs, to fly solo, to follow the sun or shade.
Deserted plazas become flexible, accommodating, hospitable, thanks to the introduction of freestanding seats and tables. Places are transformed.
Harvard Yard, Harvard University, Massachusetts. In 2009 the space is a walkway for marching to your next class. The university decides to make it a gathering place where students can mix with the larger community, starting with movable furniture.
“The response was enormously positive,” say Lizabeth Cohen and Mohsen Mostafavi, professors and co-chairs of Harvard’s Steering Committee on Common Spaces.
“Overnight, a vibrant and diverse population was pausing to meet, chat, doze, study, eat, watch performers, or simply sit down.
“The chairs hosted everything from seminar meetings, to the visiting Nobel-laureate capturing a moment of public solitude, to a spontaneous game of musical chairs engaging 70 participants.”
Similar effects are found in Times Square in New York, the city’s Bryant Park in all seasons, and the well established Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. Movable experiments are now popping up in Australian cities too.
Why does movable furniture work so well? Respected urban theorist William H Whyte suggests people appreciate the power of choice.
“If you know you can move if you want to, you feel more comfortable staying put,” he says.
Whyte and his team of researchers studied how people use parks and plazas in New York City in the 1980s. They found that, 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.
Perhaps it is a sense of control, of ownership over the seat, that draws people to move it, mused Whyte. You move it an inch forward and sit down and that chair becomes yours.
Do movable seats ‘walk’? Caretakers report that sometimes, yes they do, but losses tend to be minimal, particularly weighed against the value the seats bring to the space, the people they attract. Bryant Park loses just a few of its hundreds of movable chairs a year, and each chair is far less expensive than a fixed bench.
Risk can be mitigated by the level of pedestrian traffic in the area, businesses that also use the space and so become custodians, onsite supervision, overnight security and the weight of the seats. Installing tracking chips is another measure.
Weighed up against the enjoyment the movable furniture brings and the crowds it attracts, the balance is often deemed worth it.
As the populations in our cities grow and urban citizens expect higher quality amenities on their doorsteps, caretakers are investing in public spaces to attract and retain talent and in turn invigorate the economy.
Australians have always celebrated outdoor living, and as our backyards are shrinking public parks are becoming more agile, multi-functional spaces to bring better quality of life and give communities a chance to grow.
The new Forum Seat is designed as a hybrid between a patio and street furniture product, available as fixed or movable to provide the power of choice.
As William Whyte says, “One felicity leads to another. Good places tend to be all of a piece – and the reason can almost always be traced to a human being.”
Whether your felicity is people-watching, being part of the flock, or seeking peace and quiet in a perfect corner, movable seats build flexibility and comfort into a space. It’s your seat, your move.
See more information and specifications for Forum Seat.
The Linea range is sleek and minimalist. 100% stainless steel frames support many colours, lengths and mounting types, including plinth and wall-fixed options.
ASLA San Diego, AILA NSW and Street Furniture Australia proudly present this online event connecting landscape architects from the US and Australia. US participants (Pacific Time): Thursday February 25th, 2021 at 5pm Australian participants (AEDT): Friday February 26th, 2021 at 12pm Registrations essential via Zoom. Topic: Homifying Sydney Olympic Park Public space owners, managers and designers in the US and Australia are dealing with the impacts of Covid-19. This webinar presents an Australian case study: Homifying Sydney Olympic Park, for discussion. This Olympic precinct turned business-and-events hub has pivoted towards its growing residential population during Covid. Human-centred design methodologies have been applied to understand how to ‘Homify’ the park’s everyday spaces. The aim is to recreate the comfortable ambience of home, to support the community and local businesses. The presentation …
A hybrid between backyard and street furniture seating, the Forum range can be used for both pop up and permanent installations. Inspired by the moveable chairs at the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris, users may bring chairs together or follow the shade for the perfect spot throughout the day. Add a splash of colour with high visibility powder coating, or opt for a classic look with Jarrah or anodised aluminium battens. Pair with matching cafe tables and rim bins for the perfect pop up setting. The Forum comes as a one, three or four seater, and can be specified up to six metres in length. Its comfortable upright profile is DDA compliant, with ample back and armrest support to assist in sitting and standing, matching the profile and price of our Park range. The seats can also be fixed to the ground via core drilling for …
AILA South Australia, the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) and New Architects Group (NAG) packed out The Gallery in Adelaide with 180 landscape architects, designers, architects, students and industry professionals to celebrate the holiday season and new year. Two new Forum seats, a cross between a backyard and street furniture bench, and a Cafe Round table, all powder coated in brilliant Bistro Orange, took centre stage for Street Furniture Australia’s selfie contest. Entries featured a surprising number of matching orange accessories, selfies within selfies, and having a good time kicking up the heels, including: Erica Vidinis from Campbelltown City Council is our winner – congratulations, Erica! Visit Street Furniture’s Facebook page to see all of the entries.
Between lightbulb moments and deep thinking sessions, some 500 delegates of AILA’s 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture recharged at Street Furniture Australia’s pop-up This Public Life Park. The four-day conference program included the likes of David van de Leer, Natalie Jeremijenko and Jenny B Osuldsen talking all things landscape architecture in Melbourne on October 15 to 18. Visitors kicked off their shoes to enjoy the freshly rolled-out park lawn in Federation Square with SFA sun lounges, cafe tables and Forum seats in the shade of leafy trees planted in brightly coloured rim bins. To celebrate the launch of SFA’s Forum seats, a cross between a backyard and street furniture bench, delegates posted selfies with their favourite Forum to Facebook for a chance to take it home. And the winners are: Special mentions go …