Archive for the ‘benches’ Category

“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.



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.


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).




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.




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.




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.




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:





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.  


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

aluminium bench

Aluminium bench

Double bench

Double bench



Urban idleness

wirebench3Wirebench (in photo) is a new kind of bench for urban furniture invented by the young designer Simon Daniel Brown. Just graduated he won RSA Winner Award 2007 for his creation, because of refined and singular design. This bench is entirely made of wire clothes hanger. The design is modular, full of straight, short curve, and long curve segments that can be joined and arranged in adaptable formations to fit a number of environments.(as the example here). simon2Components are set in order to discourages people from sleeping, but also is made in order to permit people to be social and to converse with other thank to his shape: people can choose to interact or not be disturbed depending on exactly where on the structure they sit. An other characteristic is that it is good for open space because it let the dirt and rain pass through, keeping the bench clean. I think that it’s full of positive aspects but I’m not so sure that it could be so comfortable. 😉