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Bend Modular Seating System

Bend seating by Marc Scimé, completes Bend & Transition, a seating and table ecosystem for open domestic and commercial environments in harmony with modern lifestyles anywhere, anytime, indoors, outdoors and somewhere in between. The Bend sofa prototype is one example of made-to-order seating configurations the modular system can provide, ranging from small stools to extensive seating clusters for open public spaces, such as an airport waiting lounge.

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Bend is a modular seating system with softened angular shapes that completes Bend and Transition, a scalable and versatile seating and table ecosystem for domestic and public gathering areas. Beyond a typical furniture collection, Bend & Transition offers flexibility to match lifestyles in the digital age—anywhere, anytime, indoors, outdoors and somewhere in between. The Bend sofa prototype is one example from a vast range of potential made-to-order seating types and solutions the modular system can offer for working, relaxation, waiting and socializing.

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Bend modular components can be assembled to create small stools, tete-a-tete sofas, ganged seating islands for a wide range of public areas, such as airport lounges, or classic benches, perhaps for a museum gallery or a garden. Bend seating can be composed in sympathetic acute and obtuse angular relationships to better delineate a variety of unique spaces or create individual personal zones or clustered meeting points. Seat positions can be facing or semi-facing for optimized degrees of social interaction between people or engaging relationships to activities, presentations or views.

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Bend’s main modular aluminum components would be made using extrusion and die-cast processes then treated and powder-coated for outdoor use. Bend seating is upholstered with a state-of-the-art textile made of a very durable high-tech polypropylene fiber with a natural feel, with strong all-around performance and usability suitable for residential, contract, indoor and out environments.

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Marc Scimé:

Bend & Transition was created by Marc as part of his graduate level thesis design to complete his Master of Science degree in Environmental Design – furniture and fixtures track – at Art Center College of Design in 2015.

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Today old boundaries are blurring. Fewer professionals have their own assigned office space and how we work is changing, too. Work can literally happen anywhere, anytime. Leisure and activity, antonyms by classic definition, have become less mutually exclusive. Modern interior spaces are commonly open environments with areas and activities delineated by furniture. Biophilic desires correlate with more types of architectural environments that seamlessly integrate the outdoors.

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Bend is a modular seating system that completes Bend & Transition, a scalable and versatile seating and table ecosystem for residential and contract common gathering areas. Beyond a typical furniture collection, Bend & Transition offers flexibility to match lifestyles in the digital age—anywhere, anytime, indoors, outdoors and somewhere in between.

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Bend modular seating components can be scaled and arranged for numerous made-to-order manufactured configurations to accommodate any number of people in indoor and outdoor residential and public spaces. Multiple modular sections, each up to three seat-positions long, and made of extruded aluminum rails, can be linked together by pairs of die-cast legs. Bend’s symmetrical seating footprint allows seat-backs to be located or excluded to create a wide variety of configurations. For example, a tête-à-tête sofa, ganged seating units for large public lounge areas, such as in an airport, or a classic bench for an art museum gallery.

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Groupings of Bend & Transition pieces, in addition to typical right angles, were specifically created to fit together in acute and obtuse angular relationships to better delineate a variety of unique spaces. This finer degree of control over angular relationships also provides greater options for more situationally appropriate seating positions.

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Groups and configurations can be selected for separated individual personal zones or clustered meeting points with facing or semi-facing positions. People seated in directed positions can enhance social interaction with others, activities and events around them.

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The Bend & Transition ecosystem is completed by a low stool, integrated side tables and free standing tables. Transition centre and pull-up tables provide two tiered surface levels. The lower surface provides an additional out-of-the-way but accessible place to tuck away devices and other objects beneath, reducing clutter. Bend modular seating offers optional integrated Transition side table surfaces with embedded Qi standard inductive smart-device charging stations in the place of seat-backs and cushions.

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Data:

Name: Bend
Type: Sofa / Couch
Materials Combination: Metal + Fabric
Dimensions: Bend three seat sofa: Width 2600 mm x Depth 800 mm x Height 730 mm. Sh 380 mm
Colors: Mix / Multi Color
Year: 2015

Awards:

  • 2016 – Restaurant and Bar Product Design Awards – Category: Sofas – Winner
  • 2016 – A’ Design Award and Competition – Category: Decorative Items and Homeware Design – Silver Award

The people:

Furniture Designer: Marc Scimé – 1706 Nolden St., Los Angeles, California, United States
Manufacturer: Self-production
Text Description: © Courtesy of Marc Scimé
Images: © Marc Scimé

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