The DRIFT PUBLIC SEATING project contemplates the nature of public space in education environments, the role of furniture within gathering spaces, and how such space may be transformed to encourage the new paradigms of collaboration and learning. By expanding the role of surface, texture and embodied functionality, the seating proposes a shift away from purely maintenance-driven agendas and toward greater user-engaged criteria. Recognizing an array of natural body positions and new relationshops with technology, the project offers an informal landscape of flexible seating, collaborative opportunities, and intensified ergonomic potential. The project also serves as a lantern, integrating both lighting and electrical power needs to provide and inviting and intimate scale; this design strategy inherently critiques the typically vast and anonymous nature of many public spaces today. The prototype is designed as a repetitive "blade" and foam structure, utilizing straightforward CNC technology to achieve shaping of infinite and supple variation.

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