In collaboration with Street Furniture Australia, the Flower Chair is a new kind of outdoor lounge chair, inspired by playground architecture and designed to enhance and uplift public spaces.
The chair was originally conceived of in a competition run through the University of New South Wales IDES student program. The original concept used wood and perforated recycled rubber for the seat panels which were later changed for rolled powder coated panels and a polished stainless steel frame.
Allowing the chair to swivel on its center axis, in combination with considered spacing, allows the chair to function as a communal seating arrangement or a solitary one.
The arching circular beam protects and embraces the seated person, and the powder coated seat panels move dynamically, thanks to the seat being suspended midair by playground ropes.
The Flower Chair won the Street Furniture Australia ‘Sense of Place’ student competition in 2013 and has since been under design development. A prototype was recently unveiled at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects festival, October 27th 2016.
Thanks to a positive response, the chair is now planned to be put into production. The Flower Chair is slated to be available for purchase in 2017 from Street Furniture Australia.
Street Furniture Australia, Sense of Place Outdoor Furniture Competition, 2013, Winner