A jury has selected the top 50 designs for Battery Conservancy America’s “Draw Up a Chair” competition. The winning chair design will be manufactured for public use in Battery Park, a 25-acre waterfront park in Lower Manhattan that hosts more than 6 million visitors each year.
The Conservancy, a non-profit park revitalization organization, is enlisting the public’s help in choosing the winning design. The 50 finalists’ designs can be viewed on banners near Battery Green through October, and the public can submit their vote on-site by sending a text message. All of the chair designs can also be viewed in an online gallery, where the public can submit their vote.
“We are proud to share the designs with the public to receive feedback since the chair is for all New Yorkers and visitors to use when they come to Battery Park,” NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White said in a statement.
The competition called for outdoor chair designs that are movable, stackable, incorporate sustainable practices, include a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag for security, and harmonize with the surrounding park.
The top 50 designs were submitted from nine countries, and 30 percent were student submissions. The selection jury includes Paola Antonelli, senior curator, Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art; Allison Arieff, design writer, The New York Times; Fernando Campana and Humberto Campana, designers, Sao Paulo; Rob Forbes, founder of Design Within Reach; Mario Schjetnan, Co-Founder & Director of Mario Schjetnan/Grupo de Diseño Urbano, Mexico City. The competition attracted a total of 679 entries.
The field will be narrowed again in November when full-scale prototypes of the finalists will be revealed. The winning designer will receive a $10,000 cash prize and have their chair fabricated 300 times for public use in the park. The winning chairs will be installed in the park by May 2014.
For more information and to vote on the designs, visit www.thebattery.org/chair.
Salix by Ed Kopel; Ed Kopel Architects
One-Quarter Table/Chair (The Battery Green Lawn Chair) by Mark Gardner; Jaklitsch/Gardner Architects
NY Kyo by Minghui Cui & Jisoo Ha; John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Canada
Pivot Chair by Simon Kristak; Independent Design Group