Competition proposal, 1st prize
Filt, Swedish for blanket, is a generous and permissive platform for public space life. Like a picnic blanket on a trampled lawn, it creates a sense of place and unity. It is free for all users to utilize in a way that suits them and is based on a belief in people’s inherent creativity and good will. In terms of form, Filt strives for a neutral expression, to be a background and support for human activity rather than an object to be admired. A piece of democratic everyday furniture.
A steel and wood platform, the “blanket”; a steel tube that can be equipped with a number of accessories, a table, a lighting fixture, a speaker, a trash can; electrical and mobile charging sockets; a number of hooks to hang things from or attach things to; adjustable legs. A robust shape in durable materials well adapted for a long life in public service both aesthetically and functionally.
The simple shape and the open function mean that it can easily be placed in public spaces of different sizes and character. However, it works best in situations where the common room is allowed to expand: in the square, in the park, on the beach, in the schoolyard.
Filt, unlike for example a park bench, is a flexible structure that does not have a prescribed use. At the same time, it looks familiar and is simple to understand, easy to absorb and inviting to use. By being raised from the ground, which is often cold and damp, and lit during the evening, which is often dark, it can help extend the time people want to stay outdoors both year-round and around the clock. The height of the platform means that it can be used as a bench and meeting table over a job lunch. It’s big enough to serve as the base for a small party and at the same time intimate enough to act as a stage for a first date.