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Tandem Bench Design: Part I

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“Mountain Range” pattern by RNL, now part of Stantec.
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Tandem Bench Design: Part I
“Mountain Range” pattern by RNL, now part of Stantec.

Anova recently partnered with four design firms to collaborate with our own product team to create new perforation patterns for the Tandem Bench, which will debut Oct. 20 at the ASLA Annual meeting in Los Angeles. Each firm created a unique design that we are excited to showcase in person at our booth in L.A.

This article is the first in a four-part series that will highlight each individual pattern and its designers. Please stop by Booth # 813 at the ASLA Annual meeting to see the benches in person.

Below is an interview with designer Jonathan Danieu from RNL, now part of Stantec with details about the inspiration behind the “Mountain Range” pattern and design process.


Q & A with RNL, now part of Stantec

How did you come up with the design?
The design is a derivative of themes and trends I’ve observed in media, marketing, and logos that look to clean lines and repetition which, in a constructed form, lend themselves to interesting shadows and patterning. This piece is as much about form as it is the shadows it casts and the light it could project.

What is one thing that inspired your design?
This design came to fruition from initial conversations with the ANOVA team that emphasized a regional focus. Though several perforation concepts and themes where developed through the creative process, this contemporary interpretation of a mountain range is what came out as the clear favorite with the ANOVA team and through the online poll.

What do you think the biggest challenge was during this process?
For me, the biggest challenge was providing an appropriate scale to the design and ratio of positive and negative space without modelling the pattern myself. I depended heavily on the skilled designers within ANOVA to bring this to fruition. I also wanted this bench to have variety to showcase ANOVA’s production capabilities so developing two different design languages that could be used to represent the ‘Modern Range’ theme while also complementing each other was not a simple task.

What was the most fascinating thing you learned during this process?
What was fascinating to me is how I could provide the ANOVA team with a simple 2D graphic of my thoughts and how quickly the team was able to produce a model for us to review and respond to.
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