benchwall + thinwall modular system

Gold Award
2015
benchwall is an expandable, flexible bench with a 6' (1.8 meter) tall back, so that it functions as an acoustic space partition as well as seating. Flexible in length, benchwall can be stretched up to forty times its compressed size, into a 15' long, high backed bench or curved to shape circular bench lined rooms for intimate meetings with fantastic acoustic absorption.

Only 3.5” (85mm) thick, thinwall can connect to the backrest of benchwall in a modular way by magnetic end panels. Available in three material/colour variations, each offers unique divisions of light and sound. thinwall can also be applied to existing walls as an acoustic lining. The inherent sound absorbent properties are perfect for meeting rooms, offices, restaurants, hi-fi audio installations, etc.

Sustainability

Flexible Use of Space · The fundamental idea behind benchwall + thinwall began with the sustainable idea of maximizing urban live/work spaces and transforming spaces to suit different types of use during the course of a day and over the life of a building. Smaller, intimate seating spaces, created within a larger open plan, can be folded away when not in use, returning the volume back to the main room. Requiring no tools, hardware, or supports, benchwall + thinwall modular system offers a truly flexible way to adapt a space or building to many uses.

Efficient Use of Material · Efficiency is inherent in the honeycomb geometry of molo products. With benchwall + thinwall, a little material can go a long way, as the products expand from only a few inches to 8' and 15’, respectively. Because of the light weight and high strength created by the honeycomb structure, benchwall + thinwall can be quickly and easily reshaped, recompressed, stored, and redeployed.

Recyclable/Responsible Materials · The soft collection recognizes the strength, durability, and value of humble materials that are commonly thought of as disposable. The paper used to create benchwall + thinwall is 100% recyclable and made with 50% recycled fibre and 50% new long fibre. The long fibres reinforce the matrix of shorter recycled fibres to make a stiff, robust paper intended for a long lifespan. The soft collection also makes use of non-toxic salt based fire retardant, non-toxic adhesives, and natural bamboo charcoal ink.

Awards

none

Pricing

benchwall is available from $1800USD.
thinwall is available from $700USD.

Notes

thinwall debuted in Europe at Maison & Objet 2014.
benchwall + thinawll debuted in North America at ICFF 2014,
benchwall debuted in Europe at Orgatec 2014.

natural brown paper and bamboo charcoal ink black paper available.

benchwall opens up to a maximum 10' in length.
thinwall opens to a maxmimum 15’ in length.

Molo

Led by Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen, molo is a design and production studio based in Vancouver, Canada. Balancing between the realms of art, design and architecture, molo products and projects are grounded in space making and range in scale from tea set to museum.

The design of molo products stems from Forsythe + MacAllen’s architectural exploration. They are inspired by the concept of smaller, tactile objects having true potency in the experience of a space. By working across a range of sizes, Forsythe + MacAllen discover how furniture can heighten the sense of human scale and experience in architecture, or how furniture and product design benefit from thinking in the larger context of place and space making.

Hands-on making has always been fundamental to Forsythe + MacAllen’s design process. Ideas pass from mind to hands to material and back again, ingraining a tactile sense of materiality, construction, space and experience. This process has developed to include experimentation with factory production, in close collaborations with manufacturers. It is a way of working that leads to happy accidents and discoveries, inspiring design improvisation and original thinking.

molo’s award-winning soft collection, comprised of flexible space partitions, lighting, seating and table elements exemplifies their exploration of production process and experiential space making. Recognized for poetic beauty and pragmatic innovation, softwall and softseating were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art for their permanent collection. molo and the soft concepts have also been honoured with the prestigious Danish INDEX Award, for design to improve life.

Forsythe + MacAllen began working together in 1994 at Architecture school. Constructing a number of houses and small-scale objects, Forsythe + MacAllen won several international competitions for design projects and conceptual ideas, including Grand Prize in the Aomori Northern Style Housing Competition, juried by Tadao Ando and Jean Nouvel. The Aomori submission would later evolve into the waterfront Nebuta House, a museum dedicated to its namesake festival. These early projects and ideas have become molo’s foundations. Since its formation in 2003, molo has assembled a dedicated team and grown into a thriving collaborative design and production studio. Additionally, molo has an extended family of specialized manufactures, consultants and contractors that they work with in a beautiful endeavour to bring imagination to fruition.

Address:

1470 Venables Street
Vancouver BC V5L 2G7
Canada
1 (604) 685-0340
http://www.molodesign.com
Molo
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