Despite its name, the Battery Conservancy is not an organization about electrical devices, but a public policy and park administrator in Manhattan. The Battery is the extreme southern point of Manhattan, long defended by a battery of cannons and now site of parks.
That is why there is a battery chair, chosen after a publicly judged design competition. Its winner—top among five finalists—is the Fleurt chair by Andrew Jones, a Canadian designer. The chair takes its form from a flower, drilled with multiple lacey like holes to dry quickly after rain and painted several tones of blue: a merger of practical function and poetic form. Jones wins a $10,000 prize and the chance to see some 300 copies of the chair scattered across the open space not far from the Staten Island Ferry dock. [ andrew jones design ]