Shore – Chinese-Inspired Peasant Bench

by Studio Mau Mau Switzerland

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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.

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Studio Mau Mau is dedicated to exploring the entanglement between human emotions and design constructs, using the medium of functional objects that are rich with cultural references. Studio Mau Mau relies on a research-driven process, which focuses on cultural contexts, material explorations and aesthetic research. The studio mainly works with wood, metal, textiles, as well as other materials of specific cultural significance, which are integral to the studio’s continuous research. Studio Mau Mau is the brainchild of Dongzhu Li, who’s been dedicating her practice to the field of furniture/object design. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design from Rhode Island School of Design (USA) and a master’s degree in Experimental Design. Her works are rooted in her observations and lived experience of traversing through cultures and ideologies. She believes that objects that we surround ourselves with can carry profound emotional, cultural, and social values—besides their aesthetic and practical appeals.
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