"Slated" is a seating design project that not only encompasses a new idea of what seating is, but also uses a material in a new way. This material would be slate. Slate is aextremely strong and durable rock that has beencommonly used for roofing and pavers. Slate is commonly available in standard sizes ranging from a 4×6 roofing tile, up to a 50×60 paver. For the Slated project two 18×30 sheets were used.
This size is a common paver size. The slate used was approximately a half of an inch thick, however do to the natural imperfections thickness varies. Thickness is usually standard due to the processing method. At an average quarry a large block is chiseled and the slate fractures along its natural cleavage lines.A cleavage line is a line of weakness that runs throughout the piece produced from the layers of silt that have been compressed to form the slate rock. These lines of cleavage a fairly uniform providing for this Slated's design was inspired from the natural beauty and simplicity of the slate rock. The rock is naturally formed in planes, therefor the seat not only kept but enhanced those planes.
This touches on one of the basic design principles, line. Line was a key principle in the project.The goal was to keep a clean and simple line while producing a strong structure.As far as other bacis design principles they are all touched on by the slate.Both color and texture are achieved with the natural qualities of slate.
Although a variable the color used is a dark grey. This dark grey is found in slate from the northeastern region of the United States. Other colors of slate are available from other regions of the world. These other colors provide for a more exotic look from the traditiona..