Harrington Student Named Semi-Finalist in Boston Design Competition

March 22, 2013 General, Awards & Competitions, Interior Design 0 Comments

Charlie Burgess bench

Harrington College of Design BFA Interior Design student Charlie Burgess was named one of 20 semi-finalists in a recent competition from the Design Museum Boston, which invited individuals and teams from around the world to design an iconic bench (or “street seat”) to be placed in South Boston's Innovation District.
Selected from among 172 accepted entries, Charlie’s bench, “Industrial Hotspot,” has a simple, clean and linear quality that evokes the industrial nature of the surrounding area. The emphasis on exposed engineering elements, as well as the use of black, help to highlight the modern form, especially at night when the built-in LED strips under the seat are lit. The lights, powered by a photo-voltaic panel, will be programmed to change color (see images above and below).

Charlie Burgess bench

A full-scale prototype of the bench is in production and will be placed April 23 in yet-to-be determined spot in Boston. All 20 semi-finalist benches will be placed in the city between April and October with stanchions including information about the designer and the design process. A judging panel will choose the three finalists on April 27: two runners-up will each receive $2,000, and a grand-prize winner will receive $5,000.

Charlie entered the contest as part of Harrington’s Competition Studio course, in which students enter three or four competitions throughout the semester. The idea behind the Design Museum Boston competition is to use design to help improve the livability of this up-and-coming urban area while also being socially and environmentally conscious. Each selected bench also will include a detailed record of the design and construction processes, with the idea of educating the public on how designers think and problem solve.

Design Museum Boston is already promoting each of the 20 semi-finalists on its website, as well as reaching out to other regional and international websites and blogs.

Congratulations, Charlie, and good luck in the finals!


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