Sean Hellman
Woodwright, Artist and Craftsman

The designs for my curved benches arise from the desire to create sensual forms and the practical realization that most seating is not conducive to the way that we relate to each other. Conventional seating designs dictate that those who sit face in the same direction, causing people to twist their heads uncomfortably in order to maintain eye contact. Curves and circles in the design allow people to face each other, prompting contact and conversation, and also allow for the need for one's own space and privacy, where we can turn away from others. 

I also wanted to design seating to be multi-functional, so that people are able to sit in a variety of ways, or to lie down, or for children to play around and on. Some seats offer a 360 degree view - democratic seating - where the users choose how and where to sit.