Commuter Post


The Commuter Post is a speculative object that manipulates the material and construction of wooden benches found in the New York City subway stations. Its formal language is directly influenced by I-beam columns, which can be spotted on a daily commute waiting for the subway, as well as notable photographs, such as Charles Clyde Ebbets' Lunch Atop a Skyscraper (1932). Through the material translation of industrial steel to domestic hardwood, the Commuter Post challenges the concept of public versus private by imposing a vertical form that hyperbolizes the temporary nature of the object, which allows for momentary storage of everyday objects.