ChaTaT Bench

  • Prize
    Honorable Mention in Bench
  • Company/Firm
  • Designer
    Gerard Furbershaw
  • Photo Credit
    Rick English
  • Location
    Palo Alto California USA
  • Project Date
    May 2021
  • Web URL

The ChaTaT Bench is a new take on the two-century old loveseat concept. Named after a combination of the word chat and TaT, the acronym for the French term tête-à-tête, the ChaTaT enables two people to converse face-to-face by sitting on opposite sides of the bench. The seating surfaces at the ends are angled off the horizontal plane in opposing directions. This twisted seating surface communicates the bench’s intent of fostering face-to-face interactions. The twist angle is minimal enough to also accommodate a conventional seating configuration for one person or two.

The ChaTaT Bench has a computer numerically controlled (CNC) machined polyurethane foam core covered with a fiberglass/carbon fiber skin. It can be used indoors as well as outdoors in pool and garden settings.

As a cofounder of Lunar Design (now part of McKinsey Design), I experienced the impact industrial design has in making companies successful and helping society. Now that I’ve entered the second phase of my career, I’m thrilled to have found my calling through the expression of my artistic sensibilities in the pursuit of design art primarily in the furniture domain.