STORE London Summer School 2016: Outdoor Seating
As part of the STORE London Summer School 2016, the students were asked to design outdoor public seating suitable for eating a TV dinner in public alongside designing a screen, a remote control and a TV dinner trays.
Just as each TV dinner tray suggests a particular mode of eating, each mode of eating suits a particular posture and position. Building from the initial tactile experiments of the meal trays, seating design was used to establish the link between the scale of the hand-held and the Square as a whole. Working first through scale modelling, before moving on to 1:1 prototypes, students worked to develop durable, simple seats that can easily be stored away in the Square’s shipping containers.
Seats and trays were trialled together in a communal lunch, where invited critics also tested and enjoyed the varied designs. Following group discussions, two prototypes were selected for further development and production: a stackable backrest and a rocking deckchair. To accompany these low-slung, casual chairs, we chose a deep tray moulded over a bucket, with bound handles and integrated bib.
CHAIRS IN USE IN GILLETT SQUARE