During the pandemic, public spaces have become a threat in the spread of the disease. How can we once again make public spaces safe for meeting other people? The Tripus modular furniture creates a new kind of landscape in a public space, in which it helps individuals maintain their personal space. Have a seat on the Tripus and let it protect your personal space with its tentacles, you might even see flowers grow from them!
The Tripus is a three-legged object, which was born from the idea of creating an unusual seat that would also protect your personal space in public spaces. The Tripus consists of three tentacles made from metal, which, when you are sitting on the Tripus, create a personal area around you and help protect you from outside influences.
From the beginning, I thought of the Tripus not as a solitairy object, but as a landscape in which a person could sort of get lost and eventually discover their own safe space for themselves. Ideally, three or more Tripuses are needed to create such a landscape. The simple modularity of the furniture allows each piece to become something unique: the seat in the middle of the object can be easily elevated, while the tentacles can be used to grow plants or a table can be added to hold a cup of coffee or other small items.
I first introduced the Tripus project to the public at the Czech Design Week in autumn 2021, during which the Tripus got transformed into a gateway to a virtual world by MgA. Štěpán Kuczman and VR_MUSASHI studio. In virtual reality, visitors found themselves in a landscape full of various Tripuses, with which they could interact using their hands. With the physical Tripus and the virtual installation, I am now also going to Designblok 21 in October.