The making process of this particular piece took place in Somerset (UK). In a Nissan hut, close to a lovely old watermill, owned by a good friend of mine. Together with a dozen other design product students we retreaded there for two weeks.
As a designer I like to communicate and spark debate about our current living environment, using objects where we can identify ourself with. Parkbench bubble is part of an ongoing investigation in topics like privacy, public space, essentialism and the made environment.
With the take down of the RCA degree show there is always loads of good materials up for grabs. This together with an beautiful place with inspiring people gave me the chance to materialise this thought about a semi public cell which contains all present life essentials; A USB charger and a form of protection against the elements.
Making for me is like second nature, I hardly sketch. I like to make fast, one to one models. Once these objects are shaped they communicate back. When a certain angle is not right, it doesn't feel good so it needs adjusting. I combined known and existing materials and techniques ranging from cabinet construction, woodworking, inflatable sewing and DIY electrics. I consider this a prototype of thought, and I by doing so I propose a visualisation of what I experience around me.
Photography by Namuun Zimmermann