‘quarter bench’ by hsin-chun wang

michigan-based taiwanese-born designer hsin-chun wang presented his work at tendence fair in frankfurt, germany. exhibiting his work as part of talent 10 + 1 hsin-chun wang showed a number of pieces he has developed including the new ‘c-lamp’ and ‘A-A furniture’, a narrow bar table, which is a further development of the ‘quarter bench’.

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt individuals interacting with the ‘quarter bench’

the ‘quarter bench’ is designed to encourage two people to sit at right angles and engage in a conversation. in this way they are able to be oriented to fit in any interior space or function as public architecture.

wang describes his intentions for the design: ‘if one takes down the materiality and the form of this set, and describe sit in pure geometry, a field with four entrances/exits surrounded by four quarter circles pops out.’

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt the parts sit within one another for more compact storage

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt ‘A-A furniture’ maple 6′ x 40" x 46"

the objective of the ‘A-A furniture’ is to again initate person to person communication. the narrow bar table can be oriented via a pivoting action for various angles and points of interaction. the stool is deliberately at a height that allows those sitting to be at the same eye level of those standing, effectively creating a ‘field’ of social activity in public spaces.

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt ‘c-lamp’, 2010 red oak, acrylic 14" x 14" x 26"

by simply augmenting the ‘O’ shape of a sphere into a ‘C’, the ‘C-lamp’ transforms to its user’s needs. the acrylic ball – supported by three heat bended red oak dowels – diffuses and directs the light source to the centre.

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt the shade closed

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt detail of the lamp with the shade tilted

hsin-chun wang was selected to participate in this years ‘talents 10 + 1’ exhibition. celebrating 11 years of the talents show at tendence,

this special jubilee exhibition 2012 presented the work of 11 designers who have participated in previous years (yang was involved in 2010),

offering these nominated individuals a platform in which to showcase an overview of their projects.

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt designer hsin-chun wang image © designboom

besides hsin-chun wang, the show included works of mark braun, sebastian herkner, maria volokhova, ding3000, studio minale-maeda, laura straßer, walking-chair design studio, polka designstudio, speziell® and tal gur. reviewing the careers of the ‘talents’ since the first exhibition at tendence and ambiente frankfurt, design ideas have been collected in a book entitled ’10+1 talents messe frankfurt – eleven years of young design in progress’ by hansjerg maier-aichen, professor for product design at the karlsruhe design academy, germany.

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt hsin-chun wang’s presentation at the ‘talents 10 + 1’ – 11 years jubilee exhibition image © designboom

hsin chun wang at tendence fair 2012, frankfurt general view of the ‘talents 10 + 1’ jubilee exhibition image © designboom