Nienkamper. | 2016
The Perplex Bench is a very long, monolithic bench. It is one of a series of furniture products arising from experiments into a new material process - GripMetal.
A bench is a piece of furniture intended for people to stop a while, to sit on and to gather. It can also function as an anchor point in open spaces. We have always been compelled to create as long a bench as we can, not only as a sculptural exercise, but as a functional one – strangers like space between them, and if they’re not strangers they like to be together - so why not get everyone on one bench?
Our experiments with GripMetal revealed a methodology for making a concrete beam that is incredibly strong and incredibly thin. This methodology enabled this bench.
The bench is cast in ductal, a high performance concrete with a beautiful surface finish. The singular element is supported with 2 cast aluminum legs available either painted or polished.
This collection of furniture pieces was featured at IDS16 in Toronto in January 2016.