No surprise that Massproductions’ newest addition to its outdoor collection scored 2020’s “Best Product” prize at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. At just 44 pounds, this high-back bench is made from recycled, heat-treated aluminum. powder-coated in silver, blue, or pastel yellow to make the seat. Two horizontal rods form the curved frame, and vertical rods bend to create the high back. Roadie is a nod to the workers who assemble welded steel barriers at congested public events, and, specifically, to the beauty of crowd control. It’s also mighty comfortable.
- 80.2" w x 36.5" d x 40.4" h (203.5x92.6x102.6cm)
- Seat Height: 15.2" (38.6cm)
- Weight: 44.1 lbs (20kg)
- Lightweight and stackable
- Suitable for outdoor use
“Our goal is to use industrial processes to create furniture which people can get excited about, something that gives them pride of ownership,” says Chris Martin of Stockholm-based Massproductions. “You can do that with a hand-crafted piece, but for us the satisfaction comes from achieving it with an industrially produced article.” Chris, an Englishman, and Swedish business partner Magnus Elebäck first met as independent consultants and eventually put their accumulated knowledge to work for themselves in 2009 by opening their own furniture company, Massproductions.
Within modernist design codes, they strive for a “dignified simplicity” and their emblematic Tio Chair took the prestigious Golden Chair award from the Swedish Association of Architects. Also cognizant of environmental factors, a core concept is to produce “cleverly and in volume” to emphasize sustainability as well as social ethics, Chris says. "We believe that responsible and rational mass production benefits the consumer, the factory worker and everyone in-between.”