parkbench bubble is a shelter + solar powered charging station parkbench bubble is a shelter + solar powered charging station
sep 18, 2014

parkbench bubble is a shelter + solar powered charging station

parkbench bubble is a shelter + solar powered charging station
all photos by namuun zimmerman

 

 

 

through his creative practice, thor ter kulve investigates public space and urban interventions using quotidian materials. with these everyday mediums such as recycled wood, nylon fabric and batteries, ter kulve demonstrates the potential of innovation with what already exists. for the ‘future stars?’ exhibition at the aram gallery, london, the dutch designer has conceived ‘parkbench bubble’, a semi-public piece of outdoor furniture. the object encompasses a modern individual’s human working needs, acting as both an inflatable shelter and a solar-powered USB charging station.

thor ter kulve parkbench bubble
the piece of outdoor furniture acts as both an inflatable shelter and a solar-powered USB charging station

 

 

 

deflated, ‘parkbench bubble’ appears as a domestic piece of street furniture; blown-up it transforms into a personal cocoon, both shutting out and maintaining part of the surrounding city. our contemporary need of electronic devices as well as the physical requisite of shelter have been worked into the construction. taking into consideration the repurposing of existing materials, the design has been crafted from mediums collected during the deconstruction of the royal college of art’s degree show — which leaves heaps of disused items and objects up for grabs. ‘I like to communicate and spark debate about our current living environment‘ ter kulve describes, ‘taking in observations garnered from living in two cities (amsterdam and london), I propose an alternative method for working.’ ‘future stars?’ at the aram gallery will be exhibiting from now until october 24th, 2014. 

thor ter kulve parkbench bubble
 blown-up, ‘parkbench bubble’ transforms into a personal cocoon

thor ter kulve parkbench bubble
the space with the inflatable shelter

thor ter kulve parkbench bubble
deflated, ‘parkbench bubble’ appears to be a domestic piece of street furniture

thor ter kulve parkbench bubble
the design has been crafted from mediums collected during the deconstruction of the RCA degree show

thor ter kulve parkbench bubble
artist’s sketches of ‘parkbench bubble’

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