Pocket Seat 2018: Where Viable and Iconic Meet Design Solutions for the Public

“Creativity is piercing the mundane to find the marvelous”.
-Bill Moyers

Throughout the ages of human history, design has left a subsequent trail which has allowed us to identify the needs, rationality and behaviour pattern of humanity. Every phase in our past can be depicted through the design forms which have taken precedence during its time, emphasizing the significance of artists, architects and designers.


Source: https://visual.ly/community/infographic/other/evolution-architectural-visualization

In the present context, design is being given an unprecedented level of emphasis, as every object in an individual’s life can be aligned to design, be it structures of grandeur or hand-held devices. Design is not merely an aspect, but an extension of lifestyle and livelihood. The profession of design has concurrence with multiple disciplines, often overlapping, especially with the advent of specialized streams.

While common knowledge tends to identify architects solely with buildings and houses, understanding of the nuances which accompany the subject indicate that the very ideology of design is based on unconstrained creativity. Architects today imbue their design sense into not only buildings and structures, but landscapes, precincts, cities and interior spaces and products. It is fundamental for one’s creativity to translate into multifarious expressions. A classic example of this is how numerous architects have made a mark upon the design world by designing chairs, in their own individualistic style.

4 Barcelona Chair; Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
Source: https://www.arch2o.com/15-furniture-pieces-designed-by-famous-architects-stir-the-world-of-furniture-desi
3Rocking Chaise; Frank Gehry
Source: https://www.arch2o.com/15-furniture-pieces-designed-by-famous-architects-stir-the-world-of-furniture-design/


Hill House Chair, Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Source: https://www.thoughtco.com/chairs-by-famous-architects-177773
6‘Mid-Century’ Modern Chair Design; Charles and Ray Eames
Source: https://www.arch2o.com/15-furniture-pieces-designed-by-famous-architects-stir-the-world-of-furniture-design/


 Mario Botta Quarta Chair; Mario Botta
 Source: https://www.fastcodesign.com/3062927/why-architects-design-chairs

Among the notable names within this list of architects who have designed iconic chairs are Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid. Evident after merely a glimpse, the chairs designed by them are representative of their design ideology adopted by their practice for structures and spaces as well. Therefore, a chair, that piece of furniture which involves comfort, aesthetic, individualism and sensibility in its design, has held a distinguished place in the design world.

Pocket Seat 2018 is an attempt to fuse the notion of ‘the right seating space’ in its present-day context, addressing the need of the hour, which is cultivating the sense of interaction and accessibility in our public spaces. While iconic seating has defined a design trajectory, a requirement yet to be answered is within the realm of public spaces. Studies have relayed, time and again, the vitality of public open spaces, especially in urban regions.


 Stereomodul, a Modular Seating Furniture designed for Public Space
Source: http://www.juliafellner.eu/objects/stereomodul/

The necessity of public open spaces, however, is not limited to their presence, and should be complemented with measures and features which encourage interaction and recreation. The intent behind this competition is to encourage design solutions which would foster such thought process and bring forth a transformation in our public spaces. Pocket Seat is one endeavor to introduce a viable design solution, transferable, and replicable, while ensuring that a culture of recreating in public spaces, either individually, or among company, bringing forth discussions, and a sense of community.

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