We've covered Matthias Pliessnig's excellent bentwood work since the early days of Core77, and it was impossible to miss his canoe at Design Week two years ago. What we didn't realize is just how large his benches have grown over the past several years. Have a look at this conceptual Rhino/V-Ray rendering from his Facebook page, of a 3/4-scale model coming in at 16.5 feet long:
Well, that's just a rendering, right? Wrong, he of course built it, and several others of similar scale:
Pliessnig's gargantuan benches, some of which max out around 32 feet(!) in length, have been shipped off to Harvard Business School and Beirut's Platinum Towers. And we're guessing he's recently racked up some New-York-based clients; the designer/builder has recently relocated his studio from Philadelphia to Industry City, Brooklyn. Here's what the space looked like prior to the move date:
That's a lot of room to fill with a lot of long benches. In the days since, he's unsurprisingly been filling it up. Look for Pliessnig's stuff at this year's Wanted Design Brooklyn with a special Open Studio on Saturday, running until May 19th.
He also released a rendering, shown below, providing a hint of what we might see in future: Negative space beneath the piece, if he can figure out the structural implications.
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Oh, the drools, they won't stop! As for the final rendering, there might not be any structural implications (that he hasn't already figured out). Looks like the area above the negative space discourages being sat upon.
Now I know who to ask to help make my Koi Love-seat concept a reality! Beautiful work.
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