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sitscape by Wilfried Hackenbroich from germany

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The sitscape is a system for a lounge-landscape that is one metre wide and infinitely long. The simple construction principle of vertical sections connected by metal elements allows the configuration of different forms within this system. The sitscape will be sold by the “metre” and the costumers have the choice of various positions which can be combined in any sequence. The upholstery consists of a system of cushions that can be connected in multiple ways to cover the favourite zones of the sitscape.

Our prototype for the sitscape is six metres long. It has been developed for a specific user and is based on six basic positions which provide a perfect fit. Between these specific positions the landscape forms smooth transformations for unexpected uses. Consequently, the sitscape provides familiar possibilities for relaxing and the transitional areas between these positions invite for new and unexpected possibilities, which will be discovered by the clients.

The main structural elements are the sections, which are digitally cut out of laminated wood or composite material. The connecting structure consists of aluminium spacers between the sections and metal thread rods that go through the sections. The rods are tightened by wingnuts and give the structural stability. Diagonal tension wires are spanned through the inner void of the sections and give the stability against the torsion forces. The most visible form generating elements take the main vertical loads while the hidden metal elements give the support for the horizontal and torsion forces. The sitscape therefore is in one direction massive and in the other direction light and almost dissolved.

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  • Hi. I love the look of this sofa. Can you give me some idea on price? The space in the room is approximately 3.6m but the sofa wouldn’t necessarily need to run the entire length. Many thanks Susi

    Susi Green says:
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