Submitted by: SCOTT VAN TUIL
Contact the designer: www.scottvantuil.com
The LOFT Bench marries simplicity and complexity to create a sculptural, yet functional bench seat.
The Whole Story
The design for the LOFT Bench was driven by a desire to explore uses for locally produced, responsibly harvested, Tasmanian timber veneer. Timber veneer products offer the opportunity to utilise many of the incredible properties of timber, while using only a fraction of the material. Designing for veneer also presents opportunities to use timber in ways not possible with solid timber. Utilising 5-axis CNC router technology, the LOFT Bench marries simplicity and complexity to create a form which tells the story of its materiality and place. The four shells are pressed, cut and joined, to create a monocoque structure - an extremely efficient structure that derives its strength from the geometry of its external skin. A visual lightness is achieved by the absence of any internal structure. The four long seams are engineered for maximum strength using Festool Domino joinery and high strength Epoxy glue. The LOFT Bench is both a piece of sculpture and a functional bench seat, making it a striking addition to any domestic or commercial space.