The exhibition 'shape your life' by Alcanatara and the Maxxi museum asked 8 design studios to interpret the new scenarios of (con)temporary living. Mischer'traxler was selected to rethink the way we travel by public transport.
Rather than completely redesigning classical public transportation seating, the focus was on human's behaviour within public trains. Some people want to work, some relax, some are focused on themselves, some spread their belongings and others travel in pairs. For all these travellers special add-ons for train seats were designed, to form personal hubs for their journey. All these elements are covered with Alcantara and thus form soft, comforting modules, which serve individual needs. Even though some of the typologies are exaggerated, the project embraces the diversity of travellers and shows that public transportation seating has to serve many purposes and needs.
The identified characters of travellers were:
wants to focus on his work in order to use the train ride in the most productive way needs a calm, tidy office with little distraction.
wants to relax during the journey and enjoy the free time
needs a sort of living room environment
wants to be alone, does not want to interact with anybody, but is a bit nosy about others
needs privacy if wanted, but still can watch the others..
spreads his/her belongings everywhere to show territory and to be happily surrounded by personal stuff
needs pockets and areas for personal things.
They do not mind having body contact and they share the space like being on a sofa … they also have a stitched game board to play together.
curated by: Giulio Cappellini & Domitilla Dardi
group exhibition with: Sebastian Herkner, Lanzavecchia + Wai, mischer’ traxler, Society of Architecture Matteo Zorzenoni, Vittorio Venezia, paradisiartificiali, Mana Bernardes
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