Circula is an experimental project of the Polish designer Tomek Rygalik developed within Design Nature, offering a user-friendly tool focused on sustainability. “Humans are social creatures,” says Rygalik. “Human beings are not meant to be a solitary species: we are social animals. Today everyone is talking about distancing – but there will come a time dedicated to recouping it all, both physically and relationshipally. Coming (slowly) out of a time when social interactions were prohibited, Circula encourages him in his circular form. The ringed bench acts as a functional space to begin the dialogue after such moments of isolation. The round shape is intentional for the way it gets people to sit down for conversation. It also represents the circularity of the design, as Circula is made from durable and durable materials, including responsibly managed FSC or PEFC certified wood, plastic made from 100% recycled packaging, and phosphated steel. . In this month’s Deconstruction, Tomek Rygalik provides an overview of the design process behind the creation of Circula.
The initial concept sketch showing the tool for unity in essence.
These are visuals of the first 1: 1 model test scale, seat proximity and ergonomics.
Reverse design of timber construction and assembly.
Obtain wood, a naturally renewable resource, from suppliers practicing responsible forest management and therefore FSC® or PEFC TM certified.
In the workshop, construction of molds for folding-rolling.
We test the bending of different diameters and sections of wood while optimizing bending techniques to the desired diameter of around 200 cm.
Preliminary CNC milling of parts.
Turn the pieces to the other side for milling.
Work on the development of the interlocking connection system.
Tight fit of the parts in the shape of a continuous circle.
Wood sanding, component assembly test and final touch-ups.
Test the construction and stability of Circula in use with a research group.
Protect surfaces with naturally pigmented oil.
The final assembly.
Circula has been produced in three versions, including this one in recycled plastic.