off ground - playful seating elements for public spaces off ground - playful seating elements for public spaces
aug 05, 2013

off ground - playful seating elements for public spaces

off ground – playful seating elements for public spaces
all images courtesy of jair straschnow + gitte nygaard



exploring different playful elements and seating alternatives, ‘off-ground’ by amsterdam-based designers jair straschnow and gitte nygaard is made from recycled materials and features at the DAC: danish architecture centre, copenhagen, summer 2013. the public installation is a different approach to the way public space is used and perceived, basing the design on fun and play for adults. each seating-element can be easily shifted between a low seat, a hammock and a swing. the design is sustainably sourced as the main material used comes from rejected fire hoses. hanging, floating, swinging, laying – the seats can be interpreted according to the user.


‘play is free, is in fact freedom. play is essential to our well being. why does play most commonly associated with children?’ discuss the designers, ‘why do all playing facilities in public spaces get scaled-down to kid’s size? why do all seating facilities in public spaces sum-up to rigid benches?’




each seating-element can be easily shifted between a low seat, a hammock and a swing



off-ground at DAC, danish architecture centre, copenhagen



swinging, obviously



hammock position



off-ground at DAC, danish architecture centre, copenhagen



off-ground at carlsberg byen, copenhagen



rejected fire hoses were used as material for the seating elements



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