Published on : Tuesday, May 27, 2014
benchwall is an expandable, flexible bench with a 6’ (1.8 meter) tall back, so that it functions as an acoustic space partition as well as seating. Flexible in length, benchwall can be stretched up to forty times its compressed size, into a 15’ long, high backed bench or swept into a circular bench lined room for intimate meetings with fantastic acoustic absorption.
thinwall is also a flexible space partition, and measuring only 3.5” (8.75cm) in width, it offers diverse new applications such as an acoustic and sculptural interior space liner that can be illuminated from within for solid walls, columns and ceilings, or a free standing flexible partition wall for meeting rooms, phone call nooks and storage areas, shaping more intimate areas within any larger space.
Together, benchwall, thinwall and molo’s fanning benches form a modular system, with all elements connecting to one another by magnetic end panels. Each of these elements are made from 100% paper or 100% non woven textile honeycomb structures that match molo’s highly awarded softwall + softblock, cloud softlight and softseating, creating endless possibilities for flexible spatial configurations.
This year also marks the 10th Anniversary of production for molo’s, iconic float glassware collection of tea ware and barware, which began with float tea lantern + float tea cups in 2004. Designed by Forsythe + MacAllen for molo, the elegant suspended bowl design of float creates a hemisphere lens of liquid colour that projects a play of coloured light onto the table top, evoking an illusion of weightlessness while providing the practical function of thermal insulation.
Visitors to NeoCon have the opportunity of viewing molo’s full collection, playing with the new benchwall + thinwall prototypes ahead of their official public release, and meeting molo cofounder/designer Stephanie Forsythe, who will offer unique, in-depth perspective into the studio’s designs and current innovations.
molo will also be defining the entry into NeoCon, with an installation of black paper softblocks and cloud mobile lighting leading visitors into the show. In addition, the NeoCon press room, designed by a team of trade professionals along with students at Archeworks in Chicago, will feature an entire environment created with molo’s soft collection.