Le Voyage à Nantes has commissioned a new fun new line of rolling outdoor furniture along the river Sèvre to rehabilitate the beautiful vineyard of Nantes, France. Drawing inspiration from the area's industrial heritage, design studios Ferpect and Jérémie Koempgen Architecture created wheelbarrow-benches and other pieces of outdoor furniture that stimulate something of an exchange between the river and its bank.
The team proposed a variety of structures-rolling furniture, collective platforms, benches, vehicles and rafts- to connect the waterside and the hillsides and allow people to enjoy the surrounding landscape. As an contemporary interpretation of the old washerwomen’s wheelbarrows, the project creates new gathering spaces.
Metallic armature and wooden slates were combined to build benches, tables and rehabilitate the old building named “La Tomate” located on the river bank. Lightweight and maneuverable, the furniture combines uses and pays homage to traditional structures built on and around the river.
Photos by Jeremie Koempgen – Eric Betschart