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Een schommel in de tuin of op het balkon, daar is vaak wel plaats voor, maar een wip? Dat vraagt meestal teveel ruimte. Tenminste tot nu toe, want de SeesawSeat kun je één-twee-drie omtoveren in een bank. Zo’n bankje voor achter het huis, waarop je op een zomeravond nog even een wijntje drinkt om de dag af te sluiten.

Dat omtoveren gaat lekker snel: Enkel een kwestie van in- en uitschuiven en drie pennen verplaatsen. Kinderlijk eenvoudig. De wip heeft een volwassen formaat gekregen, dus mocht het kind in de ouders weer even bovenkomen… Waarom niet!

Foto’s door Ivo Knubben.

Specificaties

Wip specs

Wip specs

Wip specs

Afmetingen
Wip: 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

Dagboek

Wip dagboek

Okt, 2013

SeesawSeat opgenomen in de designcatalogus STAR PRODUCT DESIGNERS van HarperCollins New York. Met ’prototypes, products and sketches from the world’s top designers’.

Wip dagboek

Aug, 2013

SeesawSeat geselecteerd voor JUST KIDDING, de designgids met verrassende ontwerpen, speciaal voor kinderen.

Wip dagboek

Jul, 2012

SeesawSeat geïntroduceerd in Zuid Korea door design counsellors BOB/A&C, Seoul.

Media

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 (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!

Wip Media

Dutch Design heeft humor!

Maike Keuben, Moodkids

Dutch Design heeft humor! Je herkent het vaak direct door dat kleine grapje dat er in verwerkt zit. De SeesawSeat van Dirk Ploos van Amstel is meteen goed voor een vette glimlach. Een Nederlands ontwerp met humor. Het bankje wordt, met Zwitserse precisie en zonder dat je daar extra materialen voor nodig hebt, zo omgetoverd in een wip wap. Briljant toch?!

Geweldig voor de speelkamer, woonkamer of het terras. Ik zie dat dus al helemaal voor me: een heerlijke zomeravond met vrienden, bbq en kids op de SeesawSeat. En dan later op de avond, als de kinderen in bed liggen, vechten wie er op dat coole bankje mag zitten…. of op de wip natuurlijk .

Wip Media

Transforming Teeter-Totters

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.