TIFF award 2012: koh seating system by eyal soodai
 
TIFF award 2012: koh seating system by eyal soodai TIFF award 2012: koh seating system by eyal soodai
mar 14, 2012

TIFF award 2012: koh seating system by eyal soodai

‘koh’ (‘island’) seating system by eyal soodai

‘koh’, by israeli designer eyal soodai (sooda-e studio), is a modular seating system designed for use in public areas like lobbies, pools, spas, and courtyards. capable of being customized in material and colour, and movable or fixed, the sofas encourage dynamic interaction among visitors, while also offering organizations a way to furnish various spaces. the word ‘koh’ in thai means ‘island’, reflecting the way that the seating appears like an archipelago when seen from above.

‘koh’ is the winning design in the category of ‘hotel and hospitality’ for the TIFF 2012 award, whose theme ‘inside outside’ celebrates designs in which aesthetics and the environment share an equal role. 3025 designers from 87 different countries participated in the international design competition, which was organized by designboom in collaboration with the thailand department of export promotion (DEP), ministry of commerce, royal thai government, and TIFF – thailand international furniture fair.

the competition catalogue illustrating the 100 shortlisted entries is available for press, VIP and professional visitors at the TIFF – thailand international furniture fair in bangkok. you can also browse the online version of the catalogue here.

full concept view of a single seating surface

detail

design plan of the range of seating options in the modular system

also earning top honors at the TIFF 2012 award ceremony in bangkok are ‘bamboo windsor chair’ by dutch designers bo reudler and olav bruin, in the category of ‘home and hospitality’ and ‘A-bed’ by china-born, finland-based designer huang chao in the category of ‘pool and outdoor patio’. the ‘raindrop xylophone’ by south korean-born, france-based designer heesung baek won an honorable mention.

keep posted to designboom for upcoming features on these other winning designs!

you can also see the original TIFF award 2012 call for entry here.

click the image above to browse online the competition catalogue of the 100 entries shortlisted from the 3025 submission (catalogue opens in a new window)

eyal soodai image © designboom

  • Looking good! 🙂

    Did the designer maybe get inspired from our “European bench”
    [url=http://www.designdenhaag.eu/nl/eindpresentaties-european-bench-0] inspiration (2010) [/url]
    (fourth picture on the left)
    He forgot to let light shine from underneath the bench.

    Best regards,
    Vincent

    Vincent van Hoogdalem says:
  • Good idea and design

    www.projeyardim.com says:
  • really nice, i would like to live it in person. especially for outside like at the pool or the spa or at park.

    Mari says:
  • @Vincent, your project looks good. I wouldn’t say that it’s particularly similar to this one, as it seems like the big rationale behind KOH is the many, differently sized ‘islands’, so the visual use of turf doesn’t to me constitute a fundamental design similarity, just an aesthetic one.

    I’m actually curious about ‘European bench’ though, I don’t want to overtake this comment feed but could you really quickly just tell me a little more? so there’s all these different designs, a different one for every city? or it’s one base architecture that is styled differently?

    Congrats to Eyal Soodai in any case on the award; nicely done.

    Richard M. says:
  • Lack to pre-study results into such mishaps Eyal?…or may be too much to digital consumption has led to this Vincent? love both the works from 2010-12 🙂

    paul sandip says:
  • vincent, I think your post is poor and would like to recommend you a different promotion strategy

    alice says:
  • great concept, great design – very nice work!

    diego bolton says:
  • isnt there a french company that offerers the same in grey since 2005? will post the link as soon i find it…

    tp says:
  • really clean design. looks great. i am impressed to see the detail you paid to features like the more-organic-like curves of the base, that you see in the detail photograph. it would have been easy to just come up with the base concept and be done with it but it looks like you have really developed a production-ready design. i hope someone brings it into reality. congratulations on the award!

    EHB says:
  • nice

    Darija SH says:
  • Luisga these two things really do not look alike.
    Scale, material, and function are all completely different.

    Peter T. says:
  • Peter T.

    I agree is not the same in scale and material but for me is the same concept and function…

    Luisga says:

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