Flat-Pack Public Outdoor Furniture by Fuseproject
The outdoor furniture in the MultipliCity collection by Californian brand Fuseproject enables the localised personalisation of a mass-manufactured product. The pieces feature cast aluminium frames, which are designed to be fitted with locally sourced hardwood once they reach their destination. This lightens the shipping load, and allows the materials to reflect their local environment.
Designed for Michigan-based brand Landscape Forms, the flexible furniture system includes benches, a table, a bike rack and litter bins. Individual components can be configured in different arrangements to create striking urban compositions.
Headed by Yves Behar, Fuseproject is known for human-first and sustainably minded design, and several simple, user-friendly additions bring extra functionality to each of the pieces MultipliCity collection. For example, a wooden ledge is placed at standing height on the bike racks for placing belongings, and there is an optional table that can be affixed to park benches for dining or using a laptop.
To tap into a global market, more brands are looking to reduced or flat-pack design to make location and distribution a non-issue – see further examples in Flat-Pack Futures. For more on the ethos behind Fuseproject, see our interview with its founder in Design Does Good: Yves Behar.