Families may manage to find enough space for a swing in their gardens or balconies, but a seesaw usually proves more of a challenge. Until now, at least. Designer Dirk Ploos van Amstel has created a seesaw that can easily be transformed into a space-saving outdoor bench that is perfect for relaxing in with a glass of wine at the close of a summer’s day.
Slide two moving parts in then out, shift three pins, and it’s playtime again. The seesaw is designed to withstand adult weight, so if the child in you wants a turn, go ahead! Even the name of this design is adjustable. When it’s a seesaw, it’s a SEESAWseat and when transformed into a bench, it becomes a seesawSEAT.
Photos by Ivo Knubben.
SEESAWseat: L 2.25 m/7.38 ft., W 0.38 m/1.25 ft., H 0.45 m/1.48 ft.
seesawSEAT: L 1.50 m/4.92 ft., W 0.38 m/1.25 ft., H 0.45 m/1.48 ft.
SeesawSeat is selected for JUST KIDDING, a design catalogue with trendy products for children.
SeesawSeat introduced in South Korea by design house BOB/A&C, Seoul.
A Bench That Transforms Into A Seesaw,
So Kids’ Stuff Doesn’t Take Over Your House.
Mark Wilson, Co.Design (USA)
THE INVENTOR WANTED TO CREATE SOMETHING FUN FOR KIDS, BUT DIDN’T WANT TO DEAL WITH ANOTHER PIECE OF KIDDIE FURNITURE THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE EVENTUALLY THROWN OUT.
There are good ideas (screwdrivers) and there are great ideas (Phillips-head screwdrivers). There are ingenious ideas (global satellite positioning) and then there are ideas that change the world forever (fire, vaccines and zippers). Sometimes, all of these things combine. I can think of two. The first was magnetism, the binding force behind every element of the universe. Its inventor is unknown. And the second is the SEESAWseat/seesawSEAT by Dirk Ploos van Amstel.
“I am a young father myself,” Ploos van Amstel tells Co.Design. “From that perspective I am interested in ‘child stuff.’ At the same time, I am a man with needs, like drinking a glass of wine in the evening, without child stuff around”. With these driving impulses -alcohol and man time – Ploos van Amstel crafted a new kind of posterior holding device.
In one life, it’s a perfectly sophisticated bench. But reposition three pegs, and it becomes a frollicking good-time seesaw. Imagine if every park bench served a dual purpose, or better still, imagine if bus stops were playgrounds. Strangers would become playmates, and playmates would become friends. How wonderful would the world be if van Amstel got the partners he’s looking for to actually put this bench into production?
Indeed, it’s hard to present a critical word about van Amstel’s creation (much like I can’t really fault gravity for binding the atoms in the molecules in the cells in my flesh together), but I do, just for a moment, need to call into question his primary motivation. Because why, even for a moment, would anyone consider drinking wine on a bench when consumption on a seesaw was just a few pegs away? It makes me wonder, maybe this seesaw seat doesn’t really need the seat after all.
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Emma Chow, Pop-Up City (Netherlands)
We love multi-functionalism here at The Pop-Up City. It is a great precursor for adaptability, which strengthens the resilience of space and facilitates spontaneous and creative uses. This recent creation by furniture designer, Dirk Ploos van Amstel, instantly transforms a space from one of play to one of repose.
Ploos van Amstel uses a ‘white box’ approach to give end-users straightforward, transparent designs. This is the philosophy that produced this elegant see-saw/bench structure. The transformation between the two functions is simple, with the end-user in mind. The ends of the seesaw fold in to create the surface of the bench, while the pivot separates and swings out to become the bench legs. Voila!
Meghan Young, Trendhunter (Canada)
THE SEESAWSEAT BY DIRK PLOOS VAN AMSTEL IS PLAYFUL AND PRACTICAL.
The SeesawSeat by Dirk Ploos van Amstel is a transforming piece of children’s furniture that can change from a bench to a teeter-totter and back again. A playful design, it appeals to a child’s sense of imagination in a way that confirms it and helps to develop it. Children live in a world where anything is possible and this seat shows that is not such a foolish belief.
A minimalist design, the SeesawSeat by Dirk Ploos van Amstel, is made out of round-edged wood planks that have been slotted together in such a way that it can easily shift from bench to teeter-totter in seconds. More than that, Ploos van Amstel prides himself on drawing people closer to the product by making the mechanics of it visible to the naked eye.