Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield


Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

New Designers 2011: Kingston University graduate Oscar Medley-Whitfield presented these benches that rely on each other for support at New Designers in London last week.

Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

The Prop-er Benches each have one shortened pair of legs so they need to rest on the surface below.

Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

They can be arranged freely, providing three surfaces at chair height, table height and shelf height.

Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

New Designers took place 6-9 July. See more work from the show here.

Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

Here are some more details from Oscar Medley-Whitfield:

The Prop-er Benches are a collection of benches that co-depend on one another in order to perform their functions.


Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

Although the benches are not physically bound it is their reliance on each other that forms their bond. The benches co-operate with one another to prop themselves up, creating three key surface heights.

Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

Due to each bench being a separate entity from the last, they can be arranged into a number of different formats allowing them to easily adapt to different situations, contexts or simply personal preferences.

Prop-er Benches by Oscar Medley-Whitfield

  • clarissa

    Very Very Nice, i love this primitive touch! I relly think design should be more orinted towards this kind of promiscuity of gestures. Well done!

  • Mario

    It reminds me a bit too much of Frederik Roije’s Long Legs. Does anyone agree? But a nice idea anyway…

  • jang

    bit like jasper morrison's oak tables???

    • jon

      ok so it uses legs on the top surface, but this one uses 2 of the legs whilst morrisons uses all four but, clearly not the same at all, open your eyes, this has movement. pssshhh

  • jonas

    Its pretty bold to present this project alongside with a Jasper Morrison Air Chair.

    • Yeah you're right about that jonas. I did not even notice…

  • I would have made the tables heavier,, else you risk disaster if you accidentally move the one you're using as a stool.

  • Frederik Roije's looks like Jasper Morrison´s one this one has something different, (the movement). I just think it would be better if you use one of the legs as a pivot so you don’t have the risk.

  • Tony

    I think this is pretty impractical if im honest. It takes up a huge amount of space for what you get out of it, and also it look very unstable. As a product it is does not provide its function efficiently, I don't know if anyone else agrees?

    At least with the jasper Morrison air chair they can both be used separately if wanted, the fact that two of the benches rely on the others to be of any use at all is a negative to me. I feel like he has sacrifice the function of the design to get across this idea of dependence and reliance between the object itself which I like just at least with the jasper Morrison version the designs function doesn't get sacrificed as much yet it still gets across the same concept. I really don't like it, but that's just my opinion.

    What do you guys think about this?

    • I agree with you. Toying with the same concept I would probably design a system of three benches that are joined together by rotating pivots of some kind. You would still have the multiple combinations intended, but without the risk of accidental separation of the units.

  • Hercule Poirot

    Perfect furniture for a chalet in the mountains. Can fit on the terrace.