|Project by Matthew Weatherly||posted 12-22-2008 07:06 AM||2043 views||6 times favorited||13 comments|
Constructed of Ash, Wenge, and Halyard Rope, the Halyard Bench is one of my latest designs that was submitted for a design competition in Hokkaido, Japan. I built this bench over the course of 4 weeks, and shipped it off to Japan where it was exhibited for several months. There were some uncertainties to how well the halyard rope was going to work, and whether or not, the wood frame was going to deflect due to the tension of the rope. Another concern that I had was in regard to the 1/4” diameter rope creating a “wedgie effect” for the end user. Surprisingly, the outcome was rather comfortable and sturdy. The rope’s lightweight and soft qualities made it an ideal material for this application. The overall design is inspired by the works of Hans J. Wegner (famous Danish designer who has heavily influenced my work). For me, this project was about creating a functional seating surface for three people, and pulling it off with a minimal amount of materials.
-- Matthew Weatherly