Zaha Hadid’s Serac bench is finally unveiled at this year Milan Design Week. It is created in collaboration with product designers and lanners at Lab 23 – a company known for its development philosophy and long standing activity in a direction of future technological developments. Graceful in its smoothness and fluidity, the bench is powerful piece of urban sculpture serving as urban furniture for seating and resting. Evoked by the image of a block of ice formed by intersecting crevasses in a glacier, the bench is made of hard-wearing resin quartz, a durable engineered stone. This specific material is chosen because of the perfection of its curvature when moulded. As a bonus, the surface of the bench has a sparkle from quartz component, therefore capturing light. The bench could be considered perfect example of beautiful synergy of form and material and their harmonious relationship.
The object meets the solid ground at the crest of two sweeping curves that wrap the stepped void. Designed in a consistent formal language of Zaha Hadid, layered lines of intersecting curves create crisp shadows resulting from its form. Dynamically changing as one move, the bench offers set of smooth transitions between the different frames. Designed in contemporary understanding of street furniture, this particular object would surely elevate the public realm, with the touch of class and freshness.
The Serac bench is a part of ongoing trend of bringing together environmentally friendly materials, urban furniture and dynamic designers, willing to make their contribution to raising awareness of how important it is to act and build consciously.