PushOver explores the potential of maximum impact via minimal tweaks to a standard park bench. During the creative process the team defined a few goals and limitations -
1 ) Maintain typical park bench slats.
2 ) Create flexibility.
3 ) Foster interaction.
First- rather than use slats for only the seat and back support – PushOver is completely wrapped, providing surfaces on every face. With more surfaces to work with, the bench profile was modified to spawn three configurations – a standard bench, a rocking bench, and a two sided leaning bench. Finally, the bench creates unique interactions from subtle synchronized chair rocking with a stranger, to openly climbing the leaning ledge, and lastly, the team effort of flipping the bench to a new position.
These various positions allow the bench to function differently each time you sit. Standard serves your everyday needs. Rocking provides a soothing affect. Flipped creates a social crowd seat. The dynamic nature becomes a fun feature piece where ever the bench lives.
All of these decisions aspire to generate a perspective shift in how benches, furniture, buildings, and the overall built environment has potential to bring fun interactions to our everyday lives.