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Für eine Schaukel gibt es oft genug Platz im Garten oder auf dem Balkon. Eine Wippe dahingegen… die ist in der Regel zu groß. So zumindest war es bisher. Jetzt gibt es die SeesawSeat, eine Wippe, aus der im Handumdrehen eine Bank gezaubert wird. Eine Bank, auf der Sie an schönen Sommerabenden noch einen Wein trinken.

Von der Wippe zur Bank: hier und da Teile hinein- bzw. herausschieben und drei Stifte versetzen. Kinderleicht! Wir haben der Wippe ein erwachsenes Format verliehen, damit sich auch die Eltern nicht zurückhalten müssen, sollte das Kind in ihnen plötzlich ebenfalls erwachen.

Foto: Ivo Knubben.

Spezifikationen

Wip specs

Wip specs

Wip specs

Maße
Wippe: L 2,25 m, B 0,38 m, H 0,45 m
Bank: L 1,50 m, B 0,38 m, H 0,45 m

Tagebuch

Wip dagboek

Okt, 2013

SeesawSeat wird in den Designkatalog STAR PRODUCT DESIGNERS von HarperCollins New York aufgenommen. Mit „prototypes, products and sketches from the world’s top designers“.

Wip dagboek

Aug, 2013

SeesawSeat wird für JUST KIDDING ausgewählt, dem Designführer mit interessanten Designs speziell für Kinder.

Wip dagboek

Jul, 2012

SeesawSeat wurde von den Design Counsellors BOB/A&C (Seoul) in Südkorea präsentiert.

Medien

Wip Media

A Bench That Transforms Into A Seesaw, So Kids’ Stuff Doesn’t Take Over Your House.

Mark Wilson, Co.Design (USA)

SIMPLE GENIUS!
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.

Wip Media

Playful Street Furniture By Dirk Ploos van Amstel

Emma Chow, Pop-Up City (Niederlande)

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!

Wip Media

Transforming Teeter-Totters

Meghan Young, Trendhunter (Kanada)

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.