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Entrant Name
Wover

Design Team
Clay Anderson Jonathan French Taylor Massey Sarah Kia Si Rao Aimee O’Carroll Darrell Mckinney Jayne Jaderholm Ekaterina Wright

Collaborators
TEXTILES: Tarboo Inc, Matt Noren MATERIALS: Hoffman Construction, Andrew Powell

Owner / Client


Wover

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Wover, (the woven rocker) is a dynamic rocking structure that invites strangers of all ages to relax and play. The project was a collaborative design / build for the 2014 Seattle Design Festival: Design in Motion, a weekend-long event in Occidental Park. The design was based on two guiding principles: juxtaposing architectural tectonics with textile production methods and the theme, ‘Design in Motion.’

The design team consisted of architects and designers, partnering with a local clothing designer and manufacturer. Combining textiles with non-traditional architectural design was the primary goal of the design process. Inventing a design that merged the two worlds of textile fabrication and architecture into a single concept challenged the traditional notions of both clothing design and architecture. The end result is the consequence of both disciplines learning new ways to think about design and fabrication.

The final design concept became Wover, a 15 feet long by 7 feet high community rocker constructed of nine exposed plywood ribs. The ribs were held together by multiple threaded rods, which are wrapped in a hand woven polypropylene webbing. Each of the ribs were CNC milled specifically to suspend the webbing. The ribs were laminated individually and the whole structure was assembled by hand. Concurrently, the polypropylene webbing was sewn in strips at Tarboo, a handmade clothing shop in Seattle. Afterwards, the strips were woven together to create the interior of the rocker. The final geometry was designed for optimal rock-ability and comfort while lounging in the structure. The form also gives the rocker its equilibrium and ability to sway and consistently return to its center.

During the Seattle Design Festival, the public freely interacted with the installation for the first time. Overall, the project was extremely well received by groups of playing children alongside smiling adults. The consistent flow of participants of all ages truly tested the integrity of the design; yet despite being in constant motion, the structure and the textiles never ceased to perform. Ultimately, the rocker far exceeded the designers’ expectations and provided a fun, memorable experience for all of the visitors of the design festival.