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Chairwave
by Studio VOUW

Chairwave by Studio VOUW in the city hall of Zaanstad
Studio VOUW

Chairwave is an interactive row of chairs that invites people to sit next to each other in public areas.

The seating, designed by Amsterdam-based design Studio VOUW, was built in cooperation with Amsterdam Metropolitan Area to create a more friendly atmosphere in public spaces.

As an individual sits down on Chairwave, the nearest seats fold open as a seating option for the following person, which creates a perfect opportunity to strike up a conversation.

This change turns public space into a place where people meet, instead of a place where individuals are glued to their smartphones.


This project has been longlisted in the seating design project category of Dezeen Awards 2020.

Designer: Studio VOUW
Project: Chairwave

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