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2ToTango

Winner - Gold

Competition: Spark:Spring Concept
Designer: Design Team - Marketing Communications
Design Type: Concept
Company / Organization / School: LUNAR
Website: http://www.lunar.com
Team Members: Designed by: Gerard Furbershaw & Jeff Smith, LUNAR Cofounders and Bob Lane, Engineering

2ToTango is an 8’ long polished aluminum teeter-totter bench that creates observational and social interaction opportunities for passersby. Those range from simply beholding its beauty and not interacting with it physically, to sitting on it and experiencing solo, cooperative and engaged interactions with others. The design leverages and enhances the familiar childhood experience of playing on a seesaw. 2ToTango is envisioned to be installed in public places with museum environments being the most likely setting. Its triangular cross section twists 180 degrees from the left and right sides, which provide flat top surfaces for seating, to a sharp edge in the bottom center of the two middle segments to create a visual fulcrum. When a person sits on the left side of the bench, that side lowers slowly. When the person leaves the bench, it returns to a horizontal position. When a person sits on the right side of the bench, that side lowers slowly just like the left. If two or more people sit on both sides at the same time, the bench teeter-totters in relation to where they sit and where they might move. In essence, it's a lovely tango.