Design for Disaster, Seismic Speculations

Seismic Cabinet

The Seismic Cabinet celebrates the enduring experience of earthquakes within the context of a New Zealand housing vernacular. While seismic events expose people to feelings of anxiety and helplessness, the Seismic Cabinet aims to mitigate these negative emotional responses through playful interaction: As the user slides the cabinet door a device is triggered resulting in the perpetual creation of a “seismic” mark. In its reference to a seismometer, the act of mark-making pays homage to the memory of earthquakes of the past as well as supporting an attitude of resilience towards future seismic events.


Materials from house demolished following 2011 Christchurch earthquake

Wood, steel, paint, chalk

1700 x 400 x 300mm