BOB the Bench by Kevin Hviid

«It is so important for me to see and touch everything in my design process. Shape, thickness, material and weight are tested again and again, as to get the precise results.»

 

The bench was created as a showpiece, selected to be presented at RE F O R M 2016 Design Biennale (www.re-form.dk/), a biannual exhibition space, with strives to assemble the strongest field within modern Danish design, challenge what exists and the traditional way of thinking.

I strived to design something playful, not too serious, a furniture that seeked to make its presence known.
I’ve always had a great interest in the human body, behavior, and the way we interact with each other, both in big and small scale. I like to think of my designs as a support to the human form. Very often, the natural curves of the body play a significant role in my process of making furniture. Typical for my design are strong and simple lines together with a sculptural look, – with a design that hopefully invites you to touch it/sit on it etc.
The bench has a circular cutout, with an oversized front and back. For the viewer, the bench has the same immediacy as snapshots. Or as some have said, it looks like a vibrant sunset!
It is a very graphical piece of furniture, where I have played with the geometric rigor, wit and the structure and shapes of seating, with the aim of merging structure and decoration, but still in a very simple shape.
The design is inspired by the Memphis philosophy with its color and kitsch. “Form does not have to follow function. Design is about communication”. This tells the ground idea behind designing Bob very well. The bench symbolizes the perfection and value of togetherness. Coming together can be a beautiful thing, and is something much needed in these days. A bench – a circle – a picture of the whole and ‘togetherness’.
I always toss and turn my ideas – and always build small models of them. It is so important for me to see and touch everything in my design process. Shape, thickness, material and weight are tested again and again, as to get the precise results. You can create the most beautiful rendering on screen, which is awful design when produced in reality. I can myself confirm that…

Interview with Kevin Hviid.

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