Yale School of Architecture, critic Ben Pell, thanks to Joshua Rowley
suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
melissa SHIN + william MUDGE : The Form(work) bench was inspired by the unique corduroy-textured concrete walls of Paul Rudolph’s Yale Art and Architecture Building. Each 1/2″ plywood profile fits precisely into the spacing of the wall’s texture (a nod to the original wooden concrete formwork) and articulates a sitting surface for two people. The surface emerges as a thickening of the wall’s sectional relationship between verticality and horizontality, and juxtaposes the roughness of the wall with the smoothness of NURBS surface geometry.
By locking into the texture of the concrete, the chair and the wall form an interesting symbiotic relationship, where the chair cannot function without the wall, and the wall is otherwise not engaged.
Each individual leg was flat profile milled in two pieces and biscuit joined to minimize material usage within the 4’x8′ CNC mill bed. The legs were joined to one another with wood spacers that follow the curvature of the form at key stress points.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
mS + wM: Paul Rudolph, Gunnar Asplund, Greg Lynn
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
mS + wM: Ernest Hemingway “A Moveable Feast,” The Books, Wilco, This American Life
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
mS + wM: Greg Lynn FORM, Ball/Nogues, Gage/Clemenceau, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Gramazio & Kohler, Bearth & Deplazes, Herzog & de Meuron