A NEVER-ENDING STORY
THE DESIGN CONCEPT AND PROTOTYPING
IDO - An urban seating installation that reflects the never-ending momentum of our cities.
It marries form and function while reflecting the never-ending momentum and dynamism of our cities: Cities never stand still. The conceptual idea of the Boomerang Bench was to create an adaptable, dynamic, customizable and functional seating and resting furniture within the continuously transforming urban space. It is inspired by the time lapse stills of movement across the space; the single element occupied by each moment in a different area in the space, but in a slightly shifted position following a linear spine.
URBAN COMMISSIONS AWARD - WINNING PROPOSAL
IDO Bench has been originally designed by Anna Szonyi in 2014 for a design competition in Dubai "Urban Commissions" by Dubai Design District, Dubai Culture Authority and Design Days Dubai Design Fair and named after the shapes of the timber elements: Boomerang Bench. The scheme won the competition where the prize was to exhibit during Design Days Dubai 2015 and the prototyping was financed by the fairs organizers.
The original prototype was fabricated in Ajman by Pinnacle Interiors and Rajasthan Furniture. It comprises of a total of 73 pieces of solid Burma teak wood, each following the lines of a boomerang. The boomerangs each rotate to create a continuous fanning effect and innumerable seating forms. The 3.6m long prototype bench is currently installed in the urban landscape of Dubai’s new creative hub, d3.
MANUFACTURING AGREEMENT WITH AUBRILAM IN FRANCE
After Anna patented the design across the world, Aubrilam a France based outdoor furniture brand and manufacturer signed up for manufacturing and distribution of the design to make it available for the public, for private collectors, for landscape architects, architects, real estate developers etc. in larger quantities and made of high quality Accoya wood. The piece has been given a new name "IDO" that is the hungarian word for "time" reflecting the concept behind the design.
DESIGN EUROPA AWARDS
BY THE EUROPEAN UNION INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY OFFICE (EUIPO)
In 2016 IDO bench was selected as one of the 4 finalists amongst 90thousand+ intellectual property registered designs in SME category at the Design Europa Awards organized by EUIPO. The design has been given a wider recognition with this prestigious award.
IDO SE REVEAL AT DOWNTOWN DESIGN DUBAI (2017)
Anna Szonyi presented the latest iteration of the piece. The new proposal, designed for indoor use, follows the design DNA of the predecessor in that the inescapable boomerang profile is maintained. It is in the detailing – the softer corners, the refined material palette and colors – that IDO 2.0 lays its claim as a contemporary design piece for luxury interiors.
It is available for order and viewing at AR.Gallery in Dubai Design District / D3.
U.S. PATENT GRANTED
The Design Patent was Granted in October 2018 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
THE STORY OF THE DESIGNER
Hi! Thank you for visiting IDO's website. My name is Anna Szonyi, I am an architect, product designer and artist; and the designer of IDO collection.
I began my career studying fine art, architecture and furniture design at Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, the school of Erno Rubik (Rubik's cube). Upon graduation I had the opportunity to move to the UAE where I spent over 10 years up to now working as an architect, design manager and product designer.
My professional experience ranges from designing bespoke furniture, small scale high-end interior design and architectural projects and art installations to managing designs for new cities and mega projects.
When I design I marry my background from art, experimentation and innovation with my professional and cultural experiences I gained in the UAE.
My aim is to create beautiful, unique, functional spaces and objects by theoretical research and experimentation of systems, forms and materials. I am working on the basis of an idea-driven design methodology which enables that the final concept is original, aesthetically stunning, intelligently designed that function well and people enjoy.
Each project and piece is created by a tailor-made design approach based on a leading idea which is erected directly from the profound nature of the design's subject or any other element the design is being inspired by. The application of a leading idea through the design process originally leads to the concept solution that is truly unique.