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Jessica, I’m thinking you must be psychic. Without any hesitation Jessica replied, “It’s a bench.” Barbara followed with an even more descriptive answer that it’s an “outdoor sculptural bench.” (Stephen, you must be a comedian, because no matter how I look at it, I can’t seem to figure out how you see a “turkey baster”).

Extrusions Bench + Manufacturing Process

This intriguing single component creation is called an Extrusions bench and is the work of Heatherwick Studio. To produce it, they scaled up the aluminium extrusion process that is typically used to make small components for a car. “A large press capable of exerting up to ten thousand tons of pressure, shown above, creates the extruded sections by squeezing aluminium through its die (the opening that forms the shape of the profile to be created).” Extrusions is the work of Heatherwick Studio, the same designers who created the Spun Chair we featured a few weeks ago.

I can’t imagine what I’d think seeing this bench in a park: “Do I sit on it or is that artwork?” What would you do?

Tell us in the comments below.

4 Responses

  1. Carly says:

    Is it just me or is it always a coat hook or a bench/chair?

  2. Anna says:

    Thanks for the feedback. I'm banishing coat hooks and bench/chairs until further notice. (oops, now people won't guess that)

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