Radiant seating made from readily available construction materials will provide warm seating and colorful, glowing lights around the city.
Table-height radiant stools made from readily available construction materials will provide warm seating and colorful, glowing lights throughout the city streets.
This seating solution uses readily available construction materials to create glowing, heated stools. The stools are constructed from insulated cardboard Sonotube's and are powered by a 12V battery paired with a trickle charger, both installed inside the stool. The Sonotube will be painted and capped with plastic lids. Sand at the bottom of each tube will provide a steady base. The stools will be heated by an electric seat warmer kit that will be installed between the top lid and cork seat cushion. A button will allow individuals to adjust the warmth level. The cork seats are naturally anti-microbial and water-resistant but an additional waterproof sealant will be applied. At the base of each stool waterproof LED strip lights will light up in a variety of colors. A semi-transparent acrylic cover will seal and wrap the sides of each stool. These stools will keep customers warm and will become colorful lanterns that will catch your eye and signal that a restaurant is open for business.
This concept utilizes readily available materials and could quickly be prototyped. I would create several concept stools with all of the materials described in the attached diagram and test/modify the materials/components as necessary. These stool would be movable, stackable, and small enough to easily store inside during non-business hours. Business owners would only need to charge the stools overnight to ensure they are ready for use the next day. The trickle charger automatically turns off when the battery is fully charged. Each stool would come with a battery/charger/heating element already installed as a kit and would be accessible by removing the seat cushion and top lid.
I would create several concept stools with all of the materials described in the attached diagram. I would test the stools and modify the materials/components as necessary. The prototype stools would be a variety of sizes and heights and would be tested by people of different ages and backgrounds. Additionally, the prototypes would be tested for durability, water-resistance, and clean-ability.
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The stool surfaces would all be wipeable/cleanable. The top of the stool, cork, is a naturally anti-microbial and water-resistant surface. An additional sealer would be applied to ensure the cork can weather the outdoors and constant cleaning applications. The Sonotube would be painted with an exterior-grade paint and then wrapped and sealed with a semi-translucent acrylic which is a wipeable surface.