05. 30. 2006
Encounter: humanistic design for public spaces
Have you ever wondered about all the random people you encounter throughout your daily routine? RISD MFA graduate Seon Min Lee has, and she created a "sitting object" as a way to foster "amicable and intimate" exchanges between people in public space. Encounter is a tactile bench with memory foam underlay. When a person sits on the bench the form depresses and retains a trace of one's presence leaving the next passerby to speculate or sit and contribute their own impression. The end result is a playful object which does not force its users into an interactive experience, but fosters resonance and personality in a low-pressure anonymous encounter.
Encounter is part of the Annual Graduate Student Exhibition at the RISD Museum.