Recent Northumbria University graduate Simon Daniel-Brown has received the 2007 RSA Wired Award for his Coathanger seating design that references the classic wire clothes hanger. The driving factor behind Brown's design is selective sociability in public places, attracting all types of users to a communal resting point. People can choose to interact or not be disturbed depending on exactly where on the structure they sit. The design is modular, comprised of straight, short curve, and long curve segments that can be joined and arranged in adaptable formations to fit a wide range of environments. The chrome-plated wire components are set in an undulating pattern which discourages people from sleeping on them and they allow dirt and rain to pass through, keeping the bench clean and inviting for all passersby.
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