On the radar this week is the installation of 24 year old ArtCenter College of Design (Pasadena) student, Sonia Liu’s multi-leveled communal seating system to debut on the plaza at the Grand Avenue location of the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Entitled sanke, the work will be introduced by the artist in conversation with MOCA’s Director, Philippe Vergne at 4 pm, followed by a private reception at 5 pm. This is MADWORKSHOP‘s first public exhibition since its inception in 2015.

Unlike any other outdoor seating for public spaces readily available on the market, Sonia Liu’s sanke system includes attached outdoor tables and seating for 10-12 in multiple heights and shapes, all on the same dining structure.

Fabricated with durable, weather-resistant materials in a mixed palate of natural wood finishes and glossy colors, the sanke tables were designed to explored the ways public space is used in the digital age, encourage human interaction and engender a sense of togetherness, even for those dining alone.

“This innovative approach changes the way we interact in a communal space,” said David Martin, FAIA, Co-Founder of Madworkshop. “In a smartphone culture trending toward human isolation, the sanke design promotes human connection without forcing the issue.”

In keeping with MADWORKSHOP’s mission, craftsmanship is at the core of the sanke project. Liu chose cost-efficient materials and created simple construction and fastening methods with manufacturing and installation in mind. MADWORKSHOP is planning for mass production of the sanke tables and, as part of its mission, is currently seeking manufacturing partners.

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