Sculptural Public Seating

Inspired by nature and the dynamic possibilities of evolution, the Issit was design for airports and train stations. The chair(?) acts like a sculpture and armature when it’s not occupied – the seats rise automatically when you leave and return to their upright position. I like the idea and design tho I would yell at anyone attempting to sit on the two other seats because I want the entire thing for myself. My throne.

Designer: Addi Design Group

25 Comments

  • Eric says:

    Balloons?
    Anyway! I think it’s fun, especially if it could come in 70’s color variations. I would totally believe this came from the 70’s if it did. How do the automatic raising hinges work though? They seem very minimalistic for functioning reality. Of course I don’t know how much each chair section weighs though…

  • Andreas says:

    Hi Eric, thats what we´re thinking as well, lots of different colors. And regarding the automatic raising, it´s still a prototype but we´re working on a solution, (probably some kind of hydraulics) We would appreciate if somebody fixed the broken link at the top of the page :)

    – Andreas, ADDi design

    • zippyflounder says:

      Andreas: That’s some real HIGH pressure hydraulics, look at the simple mechanical advantages involved (the moment arm available by the hinge vrs the lever arm/load of the chair)is HUGE. You could run a arm from each seat to the center column, but that would require a slot in the outside of the column making a perfect pinch (scissor) point. You might also do cable and pulley were cables from the top two corners go over pulleys in the center column to a 3 winches. It would work but would also make a bunch of “whine, whine, whine” noise. The final little problem, I am assuming that the center column is not bolted to the floor so if you don’t have somebody sitting in one of the seats when your lifting (by some method) one or both of the other seats, its just going to fall over.

      • M.S.W. says:

        Zippy has a point. Simple mechanical method of raising the chairs would most likely be the best option for this seating concept.

        If the base/pillar unit is made out of concrete and the chairs are made out of very light weight material. You could use spring loaded hinges like those on self closing doors. Preferably ones with built-in retarders to prevent the chairs from coming up too fast and giving a patron a under-cut to the jaw. 😉

        • zippyflounder says:

          Its public seating, so just imagine what kids are going to do to that thing, to do to other kids with that thing! “hey billy, sit here on the floor…whammo!”. Another problem is the 100 degree articulation, its always a bugger.

          • M.S.W. says:

            I concur. This is definitely a product that would require proper surveilance to avoid malicous use by children or those in drunken state of mind 😉

  • zippyflounder says:

    Andreas: I see some real fundmental problems. First the magic want of hydraulics is real HIGH pressure hydraulics, look at the simple mechanical advantages involved (the moment arm available by the hinge vrs the lever arm/load of the chair)is HUGE. You could run a arm from each seat to the center column, but that would require a slot in the outside of the column making a perfect pinch (scissor) point.

    You might also do cable and pulley were cables from the top two corners go over pulleys in the center column to a 3 winches. It would work but would also make a bunch of “whine, whine, whine” noise.

    The final little problem, I am assuming that the center column is not bolted to the floor so if you don’t have somebody sitting in one of the seats when your lifting (by some method) one or both of the other seats, its just going to fall over.

  • Carl says:

    When it is raised, Joe average would not know this is public seating. People do not like to touch foreign objects, i.e. door handles bin lids toilet seats. having to pull this down would be off putting, esp, as the area which gives you the greatest mechanical advantage ends up being on the floor. im thinking germs im thinking yuck.

    The design is for individuals only, as you are all facing in all directions, so bad for couples and families. When you design public furniture you have to consider all ages and backgrounds. This looks like it has been designed around the designer, or the designers fantasy. girls with balloons.

  • Amine says:

    I like the design & i hope meet it in an aeroport or satation train !!
    Good luck.

  • Marc says:

    Nice concept, would love to se i at airports and other public areas! FANTASTIC I LOVE IT!
    /MARC

  • Kim says:

    Crazy! I absolutly love it. Why didn´t I come up with this? Must be what the future will look like!

  • powers says:

    This looks like it came out of some obscure Woody Allen movie.

  • Carl says:

    Think about the size of the hydrolics needed on a hatchback door on a car. Even if they did get it to work its still a pants concept.

  • boom says:

    beautiful but useless

  • boom says:

    beautiful but useless

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