KABK graduation project 2011
program: interior / architecture / furniture design
location: amsterdam, the netherlands

The bench I designed for the funeral home enters into a direct dialogue with the surrounding architecture.

The main form of the bench derives from the typical shape of the roofs and the construction of the original building, and the detailing of the bench derives from the new design added to this. In this way the bench – the most tangible component of the whole design – is a convergence of both the old and new.

The bench is 3.5 meters (11.5 ft.) long and can seat 6 people. The design comprises two oak mirrored parts that are interlinked by a few metal components, all of which is lent a structural integrity by the spans.

By using wood as the primary material, and by only using metal in the places where the forces are at their strongest, material use is kept to a minimum.

http://www.thomasheyer.nl/files/gimgs/th-11_Funeral bench 02.jpg
http://www.thomasheyer.nl/files/gimgs/th-11_Funeral bench 01.jpg

From scale models to full scale.

The photos on the right depict a 1:10 scale model made out of lime wood.

http://www.thomasheyer.nl/files/gimgs/th-11_funeral bench collage 01.jpg
http://www.thomasheyer.nl/files/gimgs/th-11_funeral bench collage 02.jpg