The Shore Bench draws inspiration from the traditional Chinese peasant bench, which was ingeniously designed for dual occupancy, symbolizing mutual respect and etiquette. This design feature ensured stability when two individuals sat on it, preventing tipping.
Incorporating this cultural perspective into modern design, the Shore Bench reimagines seating in a more inclusive and sharing-friendly manner. Its seating surface mimics the contours of a riverbank, organic and subtly changing. The bench encourages tactile interaction, inviting people to explore it’s shifting shape by touch.
Studio Mau Mau, the creative force behind the Shore Bench, delves deep into the interplay between human emotions and design. Their approach is research-driven, emphasizing cultural contexts, material experimentation, and aesthetic exploration. The studio’s primary mediums include wood, metal, textiles, and culturally significant materials, all integral to their ongoing investigations.
Shore Bench is hand crafted out of ash, with great care. It is tinted with Chinese ink, and finished with polyacrylic.