Finalists Take a Seat for Battery Chair Competition

One of my favorite places to eat lunch is Battery Park, a short distance from Contract’s office in Lower Manhattan. Which is why for the past year I’ve been keeping my eye on the Battery Chair Competition.

The design competition will create a new mobile outdoor chair for the park. Launched in July 2012, The Battery Conservancy Americas Design Competition received 679 designs submitted by more than 1,500 designers from 15 countries in North, Central, and South America.

5 Chair Prototypes[1]

Prototypes of the five finalists are on display at Castle Clinton. Photo courtesy of the Battery Conservancy.

The top 50 were revealed last May, and were featured on banners around the park to encourage the public to vote for their favorite online. The field has since been narrowed to five finalists:

Fleurt – Andrew Jones Design: Andrew Jones, Toronto, Canada


Maple Chair – Maria Camarena Design: Maria Camarena Bernard, Zapopan, Mexico


Pivot Chair – Independent Design Group: Simon Kristak & Aidan Jamison, Brooklyn NY, USA


South Chair – Jason Bird, Redwood City, CA, USA


U Rock – Pitanga: Davi Deusdara, Érica Martins, Tais Costa & Rafael Studart Alencar Falcão, Brazil


The winning chair will go into fabrication for use in the new Battery Green, a 3-acre oval at the park’s Broadway entrance, scheduled to open this year. Chairs will be on display at Castle Clinton from July through September for the public to test out. The winner will be announced this fall. The winning designer will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

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