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The Bookseat

“We cannot revise the plans for contemporary houses effectively unless we take a new look at the furniture question…Furniture, apart from chairs and tables consists almost entirely of storage space.And existing storage units generally have the wrong dimensions and are practically unusable. I condemn such waste of space.”Le Corbusier; 1930

 


Visit www.bookseat.ca for more information on our manufacturing, clients and other details on the Bookseat.
Click here to download a PDF version of the catalog.

The Bookseat is a simple bookcase that playfully curves and becomes a seat, is a creative design responding to the advent of multifunctional spaces in today’s urban living. Noted as one of the “ten must sees” at Toronto Interior Design Show and awarded for best design at SIDIM, Montreal. The Bookseat is hand-crafted in Ontario and available with a felt cushion in customizable colors and limited edition leather cushion.

Bookseat at work

dimensions: 600x920x843 mm

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Customizable

Winebottle Shelf

The Winebottle Shelf is a modular shelving system made with rapidly renewable, and FSC certified wood and reclaimed wine bottles.
Designed by Mani Mani, the Winebottle Shelf is currently in production at Fishtnk Design Factory, Toronto, Canada.

The shelves come in standard sizes of 1200mmX400mmX20mm. There are 3 options available:
-Kirei Board, natural finish, 6-shelf Unit.
-Bamboo-Ply, natural and chocolate finish,  6-shelf Unit.
-Canadian Birch-Ply, Natural and White Washed finish, 6-shelf Unit.
We also provide a customization option for the Winebottle Shelves to meet the specific requirements of our clients and designers we work with. For more information contact: winebottles@fishtnk.com

Customizable

Double-Dip Bench

Double-Dip Bench
Double-Dip Bench is a unique bench and storage designed by Fishtnk. The frame is made with Birch ply-wood and the felt cushion weaves itself through the frame to create an adjustable storage component suspended from the structure.
The Double-Dip Bench is hand-made at Fishtnk’s Parkdale studio, Toronto. The cushion is made with 100% carbonized high grade wool [felt] and is available in customizable colors.
Dimensions: 48-60-72″X14″X17.5″ [available in S, M, L]
Price: $1800
There is also a limited edition leather cushion available, contact for more information.
Contact us at sales@fishtnk.com to order.
Furniture

Parametric chair Collection

Parametric chair collection

Three; a chair by fishtnk Fishbol - bungeeseat Vessel chair_red Leftover Chair

This collection is an ongoing research-based project focused on user input in mass-customized furniture production. Pieces like ThreeVessel chairBungeeseatLeftover chair are a few that were developed to production level.

Parachair working interface Parachair working interface

This collection is developed in Grasshopper for Rhino software platform. The input sensory has been a series of digitizers, image based mapping techniques and live input.

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The Bungeeseat; Fishbol 2009 Collection

Fishbol - bungeeseat My design process for the Bungeeseat was a precedent‐based exploration on material and ideas. The first of my sketches came from a visit to the design museum in London which featured an exhibition called “Design Cities”*; seven cities were presented. Bungeeseat combines elements of Rene Herbst’s Chaise Sandows with the structural language of Jean Prouve whose works were exhibited at the show in London. Keeping the core elements of these two examples, I began our own digital iterations of this model. This project became a platform for a series of parametric explorations in our furniture design process. With a series of modeling scripts and algorithms, I was able to achieve real‐time visualization and calculations of components for improved performances in my designs.

Bungeeseat 3Dmodel screenshot Bungeeseat_Parametric Script

Rene Herbst ‐ The French architect turned designer was nicknamed the “man of steel”. He pioneered the use of industrial materials for furniture years before mass production on a large scale was possible. In 1929 he created several versions of his celebrated Sandows Chair, which ignited his research into serial production and inaugurated the era of mass production in the hype of modernism**, giving impetus to global production and a new era for design and architecture. Modernism and the ideas from that movement are fascinating for me, but it was not my intention to recreate modern furniture with modern ideals; my approach was nostalgo‐modern along with today’s conscious in material selection. Rather than the concept of global/mass production, we focused on limited production at Fishbol.

The other part of this project was to figure out Toronto’s role as the “Eighth Design City.” Our intention was to keep production local and more responsible to the environment. I was able to supply the bungee cords from an old Canadian manufacturing company here in downtown Toronto, and the Bamboo‐ply is from a supplier in Markham, Ontario. Though the Bamboo‐ply is not sourced locally, it is considered a rapidly renewable resource with extra structural strength. These qualities made bamboo‐ply a better choice compared to conventional Baltic‐Birch plywood that was used for my first study models and prototypes.

bungeeseat package

The final phase is packaging for projects like the Bungeeseat. Going back to the drafting board and study models with the help of Sara Navid, we developed a quite stylish reusable cardboard box that would allow for repackaging of this ready‐to‐assemble (RTA) chair. Most of the packaging design was done by Elie.

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*http://www.designmuseum.org/exhibitions/2008/designcities
**David Raizman, History of modern design: graphics and products since the Industrial Revolution;Published by Laurence King Publishing, 2003

The other part of this project was to project Toronto’s role as the “Eighth Design City.” Our intention was to keep production local
and more responsible to the environment. We were able to supply our bungee cords from an old Canadian manufacturing company
here in downtown Toronto, and the Bamboo‐ply is from a supplier in Markham, Ontario. Though the Bamboo‐ply is not sourced
locally, it is considered a rapidly renewable resource with extra structural strength. These qualities made bamboo‐ply a better
choice compared to conventional Baltic‐Birch plywood that was used for our first study models and prototypes.
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