The 2014 Seattle Design Festival brought 9 interactive installations to Occidental Mall with the theme ‘Design in Motion.’ One of the nine installations was Wover , a dynamic woven rocker which was a huge hit with both young and old at the Festival. The Wover team was led by activity partners Matt Noren of Tarboo Inc., a local fashion designer / manufacturer and Clay Anderson of LMN Architects. The goal for the installation early on was to create a highly interactive installation that combined architectural fabrication with textiles. The 11 person team was formed at the LMN hosted Design Rumble, a sketching event to think about installation ideas. The multi-disciplinary team that formed was composed of designers, architects, a fashion designer + manufacturer and a UX designer.

The design from Wover came after many team design charrettes. The final concept became Wover, a 15 feet long, 10 feet wide and 7 foot high community rocker constructed of nine CNC milled plywood ribs. The ribs were held together with threaded rods which also supported the polypropylene webbing. The simple construction was a hit with AIA Seattle Award jurors and Wover ended up winning an Honor Award for Honorable Mention. The jurors cited the interactivity and dynamic community space that Wover generated for a wide age group of people in the public.

Special thanks to Hoffman Construction who donated construction materials and Tarboo Inc. for providing the textile knowhow and webbing. Congrats again to the designers of this multi-disciplinary design team (Jayne Jaderholm, Taylor Massey, Darrell McKinney, Sarah Kia, Aimee O’Carroll, Ekaterina Wright, Shree Lakshmi Rao, Jonathan French, Clay Anderson, Matt Noren).

(Image courtesy Tom Stacey)