furniture handbook for Daatselaar
- Cliënt: Stichting voor de Gelderse Vallei (SVGV)
- Team: Michael van Gessel, Patrick Mc Cabe, Mark van der Bij
- Year, status: 2011, completed
The line of furniture which developed includes the most important generic objects and details to be applied along the 68km length of the Grebbe line. The aim is to create a a clear and cohesive image for the Grebbe lIne as well as a l hand book on how to build and construct the different objects. These include fencing, information boards, picknick tables, benches, coupures, steps and slopes, cycle and pedestrian sluices and even tunnels for the movement of amphibians.
Involvement and role
The Grebbe Line is a military defence line approximately 68km long, that can be inundated and dates back to the 17th century. Together with landscape architect Michael van Gessel, Patrick Mc Cabe ( landscape architect) and Mark van der Bij ( technical construction) were invited to design and detail a line of furniture for the Grebbe Line that would reinforce the vision they had set down in the master plan for this newly declared national monument.
The designs set out to be unobtrusive and simple, underlying the military, yet rustic qualities of the Grebbe Line and complimenting its many earthen forts and works in the Gelder valley. The line of furniture is composed of three essential materials, steel wood and sand. The black coated steel components were used for the fencing, pedestrian and cycle sluices and information boards. The wooden objects included the benches and tables. The wall components, including coupures, quay walls and other vertical components were made from sand bags with a concrete mix. The pathways are made from sand.
The entire suite of furniture been detailed, priced and and circulated as a digital handbook for anyone working on the any of the projets within the area of the Grebbe Line. The furniture designs have been currently applied to over five forts and works and several incidental areas along the the Line’s length for several smaller projects.