Product / system manufacture
South East England
In 2009, Factory Furniture was commissioned to design a new feature seat arrangement for the town of Letchworth.
The design was initially conceived in its basic form by LDA Dsign: a 4.5m bench with a back and arms tapering to a base only 500mm wide.
The design was conceived to communicate in the same language as the 1920 surrounding architecture, with bronze being the preferred material.
The price rise in raw materials and the lead-in time forced Factory Furniture to reconsider the material and opt for LM6 aluminium as a cheaper alternative.
At the time, the design was very difficult to achieve due to the restrictions on the crucible size at most foundries, together with the excessive size of what was a very refined and slender shape.
The design was eventually realised by casting the components separately then welding the items together, followed by fettling and then finally powder coating.
The design and manufacture of the frame was technically demanding and demonstrates Factory Furniture's complete commitment to fulfilment of the design brief.