An outdoor furniture set that could endure strong winds when put on a terrace of a high-rise building was requested from our design studio. The goal was to create furniture that is adequately heavy yet still appears as light as feasible. Concrete was chosen as a material because it offered the necessary weight while being suitable for exposure to wind and rain.
The movement of the furniture was the following restriction. The furniture had to be made so that it could be delivered flat packed and erected in place because these required to be put several storeys above street level and using a crane was not an option.
The concept of an interlocking system began to form at this point.
Cast concrete panels that interlock are used to create the collection. 20mm thick panels with adequate strength were made possible by combining the material with exposed glass reinforced fibers. For aesthetic reasons, the concrete was left with open pores.
By aligning the different panels in their interlocking places to create a ridged structure, the furniture was firmly built. Custom-made outdoor cushions were fastened to the concrete panels using a straightforward yet sophisticated system of pre-drilled holes and unique wooden buttons.
Program - Product Design
Location - Gzira, Malta
Year completed - 2021