Mobile Chair for Battery Park

Location: New York

Completion: 2013

Type: Competition

Team: Amir Kripper, Ryan Hogan

Atlas was in the Greek mythology a Titan who was punished to hold the world in his shoulders. Metaphorically, the chair Atlas carries the Battery Parks visitor’s weight for eternity. The aim of the project is to create an iconic movable chair that is durable, light and beautiful and at the same time well integrated to the oval design of the Battery Green.

The choice of reclaimed plywood as material for the chair derives from our interest in continuing a tradition originated with mid century modern designers as well as in reusing a material easily available from the construction industry. Taking advantage of Today’s technology by using CNC machinery is possible to efficiently and economically create a comfortable seat and back by having wooden slut of different sizes and forms. The intention is to generate a dialectic tension between the solid wood and the voids, between the sides and the inner sluts of the chair. In addition, the design exposes the richness of the material by creating a rich pattern using three types of perforations that vary from 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” in diameter.

A metal donor plaque can be easily and discreetly incorporated on the back of the seat, attached on a vertically on a one inch wooden slut. A security device, Radio Frequency ID tag, can be easily attached using the same method. The design allows for multiple uses, as a conventional chair but also as a chaise by using the lower part of the chair as back to lean on while lying on the ground. It can be used as a single chair, paired or freely arranged and grouped on the lawn. The height of the seat is 19 inches making it compliant with the American with Disabilities Act and allowing the chair to be used for people of different sizes, ages and abilities.