The battery park pretzel reinterprets the iconic cantilever chair by flipping the continuous tubular structure in onto itself. Its three legged configuration not only provides reliable stability, It has opened up the possibility to re imagine what exactly a moveable chair can be. In this case it can be reversible, in a park that provides solaces for such a variety of users; it seems that it should. Allowing for two different seating positions; two different vantage points for different activities. Its minimal use of material affords both a lightness, as it does a smaller carbon footprint, while its formal configuration allows for its stacking. Dramatic in color, opportunistic, it longs for the attention bestowed upon the park's most exotic flora. The welded wire webbing provides additional support for the bent steel tube structure. It also provides a subtler surface to capture the body when in the reclined position; bracing the knees when cross legged, providing physical angle that respond to the body in repose. Its staggering allows for uninterrupted views of the park through it when not in use. A recycled rubber roller acts as a lumbar like back support. It completes the bent tube structure by way of a tamper proof coupling fastener at either end. It is also a secure internal housing for the radio identification tag. The coupling is cast in metal, bearing the park's name; commemorating it and the history of the iron works of the city.
With over 12 years of experience in the field of architecture, the author(s) has subsequently ventured in the discipline of industrial design, in order to hone their continually varying interests at a scale that is conducive to their obsession with the detail and its materialization. Since then, they have developed a successful multidisciplinary practice producing a number of award winning furnishing and fixtures. Establishing lasting relationships with skilled manufacturers of various trades and technologies has been by far the most crucial to the execution of their ideas as they not only demand skill and precision, they demand the care of 'making'. The author(s) experience, rigor and process of experimentation often results in new possibilities of form as a derivative of its methods of fabrication, material and the expression of our times. The battery park pretzel chair is an instance of this trajectory. We are excited at the opportunity to present the Battery park pretzel chair as a lasting fixture in lower Manhattan.