Archive for the ‘Urban furniture’ Category

Bike rack’s “manipulation”

6a00d834522c5069e200e5541f0a058833-800wiThis bicycle racks are designed by David Bryne and installed in various locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Here, in my opinion, we have another example of commingling of art and design. His bike rack designs are “based around the “personalities” of each neighborhood”. It’s a good idea that can be adapted to every city in order to identify the characteristics of every area.

Of course this kind of design can become an advertising

 

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or a sign that indicates a place like a theatre, a bar, a museum, a cinema…

 

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Comparing bus stops

Many bus stops don’t have adequate seating and passengers are left to sit on the ground. The designer Catherine Pena designed this simple bus stop that utilizes the electric poles to attach on and her aim was “to construct environmentally friendly, efficient, and streamline seating for people who use public transportation, to give passengers a sense of authority and autonomy by providing an elevated vantage point a position of honor”.  

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 I’m agree when she says that the passengers take a position of honor…it’s seems a throne… but in my opinion this is very essential and simply stop bus so if you aspect the bus in the stop bus below you should feel more of a king on a throne…an emir. In fact here we are in Dubai, luxurious city in the middle of the desert. The particularity of this bus stop is that it is air-conditioned. Also the shape and its design make it very innovative and suitable for the city-landscape of Dubai. 

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“Manipulation” of a gate

Here another example of “recycled” design where  a clever manipulation of a gate can provide seats, benches, nooks and playspaces for children.

 

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One of the city component, with the help of design and the designer Tejo Remy , can become more nice. In fact what is normally built as a barrier or a separator becomes an area for connecting people… It has bends and surfaces to sit and play on in both of the two parts.

Dear old phone boxes…

Phone box is an example of how the urban design can change because of the innovations in our lives. In an era characterized by the domination of cellular does anyone remember the old phone box? As we can see in this milanese newspaper clipping, we can observe their decline. cabina-rotta

 It seems that even in London the trend is the same and the “red boxes” are falling… do you imagine how the characteristic city-landscape of London can change without one of its symbol?

Photo by Sabrina Ronchese

Photo by Sabrina Ronchese

 Here, in order to give a “tribute” to our old place where we phoned, some funny phone boxes’s design (from Japan).In this way you can’t ignore them:

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If you are missing them the project by Alessandro Busana “Isolution” could help you. It is a particular  telephone box where you can go and telephone with your personal cellular…this idea permits to have a place in our busy cities where you can find the opportunity to make a call in peace. This idea belongs to “mini design awards”.isolution

Technologies in the square

Also the city’s appearance can be modified by the technological progress. An example is the design that comes to the aid of wi-fi technologies. Surfing on internet I found many designers work on it and how to introduce wireless connection in cities squares. The first designers that I report are Davide e Gabriele Adriano  who have conceived  an urban sitting that meets technologies.

colomer_01It is called Brillo. As you can see in the photo it is a normal sitting but the back can become a kind of support. With his double function it can meet the needs of contemporary society; for example it can be a back to relax but also a support for a book or mostly for a pc. In fact this idea of design is associated to another idea called “E-postcard”. This is a project that has as its aim the enhancement of the artistic heritage of cities, because thanks to possibility to connect to the Internet through the connection WI-FI inserted in positions you can create postcards of the city and send it immediately. The sittings can transform into a communication tool. I think that this object is very versatile and if it is placed in a square I think that the material make it elegant (instead if it is placed in a park I would prefer maybe wood).

 

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Other designers that think how to design a square in relation to wireless technology are Piter Perbellini and  Lorenzo Bartolomeis who took part to a design competition  Mini Design Award 2007. Piter Perbellini won the first prize withWireless Square (or W2)” , a project of urban forniture to facilitate communication, human relationship and dialogue virtual. It is placed in a square where there is a totem-antenna for wireless connection to the Internet and a series of sittings that develop in concentric way around this. The shape that comes out allude to form of the radio waves. I imagine it cover with grass in a park. It is a good solution for communication, with your friends near and far and the rest of the world, that is very important for our contemporary cities.

 

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The Lorenzo Bartolomeis’s project is called  “MINI wi-fi sofà” and he also participated to Mini Design Award 2007. It is a urban pouf  equipped with wireless technology for free access to the network.

 

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Tree bike

In those days the Milanese can see the new “bikeMi” going round the city. bikemi1

This bicycles belong to a Municipal project started on 3th December 08 based on sharing bike. It is a new public transport of the city.

This fact made me thought about how designer can, with a study on design, carry out a secure system for bike’s parking, because bike theft is problem in cities. Surfing on the net after the vertical garden  I found the tree bicycle racks, but here we don’t have leaves but only bikes. Bike Tree’s concept helps to alleviate this problem by raising bikes up and out of reach of bike thieves. tree_bikeThe project incorporates a locking mechanism that would use your fingerprint as a key.121139_uow20hn5slzx8out78unc3yoeI think that it could be a good idea but I can’t imagine a technological and also expensive (I suppose) installation like it in Milan. Maybe we can see it in cities like Dubai.

Rolling Bench

Have you ever sit on a bench after a rainstorm??? I don’t think it is nice.

If you aren’t able to stand up Rolling bench could be a good solution for you.

 

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Design resolve your problems with simple and very efficient concept. In fact it is a wooden slat bench that with the handle on the bench’s right-hand side you can rotate to expose the dry and clean underside.

It was designed by a Korean design. I ‘m surprised by the simplicity of this clever idea. See how it wotks:

 

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Vertical garden

 How can we add to our cities more green enviroment? Patrick Blanc,  botanist/designer, was able to give an answer: he created vertical garden walls for outdoor uses. “My scientific approach is essential for designing the whole system and for selecting the plant species suitable for each peculiar location” he says.

 

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He wants to inspire city planners, designers, and individual inhabitants to look for inventive ways to create a more organic and healthy environment to live in. As he knows all the type of plants existing on the earth he knows also that they can grow also in vertical and sometimes also without ground so he selects the plants to suit the climatic conditions and he adds to his project. The system is composed of three parts: a metal frame, a PVC(polivinilcloruro a type of material) layer and a layer of felt where water and fertilizer flow regulated by a timer. This idea is good under an aesthetic and energetic profile (CO2 reduction and emission of oxygen)and also because isolate acoustically and the temperature between the outside and inside. Of course there are also a disadvantage: the cost is roughly €600 per sq m.  In Milan we can see an example of this project in  corso di Porta Ticinese 93 (Enel’s initiative). 

 

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It is used also for the Louis Vuitton store’s facade. Under a research on brand’s percepition the message that cames out is to create  a LV building “alive” as people can experience this “aliveness” when they own and use a LV product.

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Electric box’s new design

As you can understand from my blog I don’t like all the things that ruin the city’s  landscape with his shape and grayish colour, for example electric boxes. A good solution was adopted by the artist Joshua Callaghan who applies to urban infrastructure, like electricity boxes, digitally printed adhesive.

 

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On them there are represented scenes that depict the landscape that is hidden behind in order to make a kind of optical illusion. In this way the electric box integrates with the surrounded urban scene.

 

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Other examples of this idea is made by decorating electric box like everyday objects. This makes the city nicer and less eyesore.painted-book-shelve-electrical-box

Also Anderson Augusto e Leonardo Delafuente made some works like this reproducing on electric boxes  playing cards:

 

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To apply printed adhesive that makes optical illusion can be used by street marketing. here an example

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Urban fornitures in exhibitions

An object that belongs to interior design but also outdoor design is the chair/bench. We are full of examples of chair’s design exhibitions but some designer put an attention also on “chair for the street”: the benches.  

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Spaghetti bench

An example is the works made by  Pablo Reinoso. He created “the spaghetti bench” which is a bench manipulated by a study on design. This work is a proof of what many times happens when we discuss about design: there is a very fine boundary between art and design. In fact in Reinoso’s work it is difficult to distinguish an artistic intervention from  a study of a project. His project can be also considerate works of arts because with design he transmits also a message. For example in  The Spaghetti Bench its inspiration is from the universal park bench “everyone has sat on a bench like this, some have been kissed on one, others have waited for their kid on one, they are common to everybody” but also he adds a meaning, you can interpret his work. For example the work can underline how man can put order in the nature’s caos; how “the human intervention of the manufacture once again triumphs over the straight lines of the traditional park bench”. “The benches are not only conceptual works but also feats  of handcrafted dexterity”.

Other works

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Aluminium bench

Double bench

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