The inspiration for Roadie comes from welded steel crowd control barriers and aluminium lighting riggings, which are assembled by ”roadies” at concert events. The Roadie bench has a curved form that becomes a sophisticated contrast to the raw metal surface. Whilst being beautiful to furnish with, alone or in groups, it creates new patterns of movement in an outdoor (or indoor) environment.
When it’s time to gather friends around the barbecue on a sunny day, the lightweight Roadie can be easily lifted forward and combined for larger formations. Like Massproductions’ popular sofa Dandy, Roadie encourages conversation and interaction between its users.
Roadie is made of aluminium tubes and has a structure that is reinforced by functional stays, which provide increased stability. The aluminium has been heat treated to achieve maximum strength. The high back has a comfortable angle and on the back of the frame a Massproductions nameplate in aluminium has been placed.
“I wanted it to have a high back, a character trait that gave it a sense of being a mobile barrier, part of the architecture of the place – a wall you can lift up. I also wanted to make it a light object, I liked the idea that a single person could easily move a large three-seater bench.” Chris Martin.