The Re-Imagining Wood Challenge: How can the natural attributes of wood commonly seen as disadvantages be re-imagined as assets to create novel, sustainable products?
Project Type: Public
The Stoop: Re-thinking Wood Waste
The Stoop is made of wood waste from a deconstructed home. Deconstruction
wood waste is commonly seen as undesirable due to its small dimensionality and
imperfect condition. These typically negative attributes were used to drive the
design in both form and function. The Stoop provides a social space that is
adaptable to the user by having sliding tables that separate and open up the space
depending on its function. The design inherently has a story behind it because the
wood has a history and previous life, and this, along with its customizable
features is the sweet spot where conversation and interaction can occur amongst
those who are in the space. By naming our bench The Stoop (n. a porch with steps
in front of a house or other building), we wanted to relate it to construction and
deconstruction of homes while playing with the idea of a place where public
meets private. By giving the history of the wood, metrics about wood waste and
an example of high end design, we hope to inspire future designers, artists and
builders to create a demand for access to reclaimed wood. The Stoop is living and
travelling around small businesses in Vancouver B.C with an aim to create a
dialogue around the potential for wood waste re-imagination.
For more information on this project and its current location visit our website at[starrater tpl=44 size=’24’]
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