Manta – Red for love
Great news is coming out of Essen, Germany, in the form of a prestigious Red Dot design award for the multifunctional Manta bench. This unconventional concept for seating in a public space was designed for mmcité by designer Lucie Koldová, who took inspiration for form and name from elegant movements of a Manta ray.
Manta is the ideal piece of street furniture for the demands of modern life, presenting a fresh solution for a combination of work and rest. The rounded curves echo the movement of imaginary waves, symbolising a smooth workflow, while the form also provides ample comfort for reading a book or enjoying a coffee. The transition from one horizontal level to another creates multifuntional spaces which work in tandem to form a complex minimalist object which fulfils the roles of a table, bench or work desk.
Manta excels in all kinds of public space, both indoors and out. It livens up large open-plan spaces, entrance halls and wide corridors alike, as well as gardens, small parks, plazas and atriums. With Manta you can create personal oasis almost anywhere - it provides space for focus or relaxation.
The product is comprised of a wavy aluminium plate on a subtle steel frame, and they can blend with their surroundings thanks to a choice of colour combinations. Other material variants are in the pipeline, as well as a set of optional accessories.
Yet more recognition from the professional public came in the form of another honour, this time a 2020 Elle Deco International Design Award, as well as a nomination on the domestic stage at the Czech Grand Design awards.
There‘s nothing more to say than to wish Manta a successful voyage to the world, interesting projects, and satisfied users.