Bloom begins to explore ways for furniture to evoke social interaction between individuals and participation with the object itself through means of incentive and conflict. When the chair is unused, it is in a folded up position. The mechanics of the base structure builds up a curiosity in the kinetics of the bench, creating incentive to interact. After the first person initializes the movement, the bench begins to unfold lowering the neighboring seats to a useable angle. As those seats become occupied, the bench continues to unfold in a stepped movement. The incremental unfolding forces individuals to sit in direct proximity next to one another creating incentive for social interaction. It also prevents users from sitting on opposite sides of the bench or from one person utilizing the entire bench alone.
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Sequence of Movement_The following diagrams break down the movement of the bench into steps relating to the sequence of interaction by individuals.