Outdoor Furniture Prototypes for the Upper Harbor Terminal Park
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board
Furniture design and fabrication
Environmental Design Lab
While Upper Harbor Terminal was still an abandoned industrial site, the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board hired JXTA to prototype furniture for a future public park. They wanted furniture that could be built with local materials and by local people.
On a tour of Upper Harbor Terminal we walked under giant conveyors built from steel trusses. We adopted the truss into an attractive and sturdy base for benches, tables, and even a chaise lounge. On top we built seats with ash lumber milled from Minneapolis trees. The furniture was immediately popular. People felt connected to how it looked and how it was made.