‘City Bins’ (Series); Reading Chair, Dining Chair, Garden Chair, Street Chair
Decommissioned/Disused Street Bins; Powder-coated steel, steel threaded rod, brass.
An economy of reuse does not have to simply involve repair, and the injection of considered design into an artefact or set of materials that are lacking in value can be transformative, allowing them to take on a new life.
The iconic ‘Brunswick green’ City of Melbourne bin, created in 1991 by industrial designer Ian Dryden, is slowly being decommissioned from our streets, destined for landfill. This has led us to rethink the way that civic waste is dealt with, and in this series we draw attention to an aspect of Melbourne’s urban identity that frequently goes unnoticed. Here, two City bins are rendered into four chairs, each one amplifying unique features of the original, using different sections of the bin; the lid, door, surround, base and adjustable brass feet. Finished with a fresh coat of the familiar ‘Brunswick green’ paint that distinguished the bins used “in heritage areas and garden precincts”.
From some angles, they evoke the crafted furniture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, or the facade of Looshaus in Vienna. From others, they resemble a more humble and utilitarian assemblage, akin to the practice of Enzo Mari. These chairs are intended as an illustration of intent, for a future of material scarcity and a City of palimpsests.
Simulaa is an architecture practice based in Melbourne/Naarm established by architects Anna Jankovic and Andre Bonnice in 2020, with an emphasis on cultural and place-specific projects. The work of the practice is defined by considered analysis and a research-based approach that prioritises critical experimentation. Simulaa’s projects have been recognised for their contributions to architectural discourse and research through inclusion in the second edition of Melbourne Now that will take place at the Ian Potter Centre: NGV in 2023, the 2022 AA Unbuilt Prize for the shortlisted 2021 NGV Architecture Commission project ‘Gas Stack’, and winner of the TAB2022 Installation Competition for the Tallinn Architecture Biennale in Estonia. Directors Anna and Andre are actively engaged in research and teaching, around adaptive and resilient architecture that explores cultural, historical and time-based design thinking, and architecture and infrastructural systems that look to disrupt prevailing energy and waste paradigms.