“Public spaces create a society where people from different strata socially meet and integrate."
Garden Benches are more than a spot for rest in urban parks. New organisation of social space allows multiple functions like stretching, playing and many other interactive sessions which have been possible through a thoughtful coupling of design ideas and technology. Technology now has been shaped to meet our human need for social interaction.
Rethinking of outdoor benches in innovative ways has been done in these designs:
To resolve the ill-weather accidents, rotating park benches can be rotated by simply turning a handle in case of rainy weather and have the dry side up and sit on it.
As the name suggests Spaghetti Bench by Pablo Reinoso resembles spaghetti strands hanging on the walls, wooden slats continue and curl like spaghettis.
Innovative urban bench, stylish composition of concrete base, natural wooden Wood battens and a planter, perfectly suitable for contemporary outdoor setting.
Red Ribbon, originally a garbage dumping site along the river, has been beautifully urbanised while maintaining ecological balance. It is made up of fibre steel, elegantly lit inside and glows bright red during night time and stretches up to 500 meters and gives orientation across the forest.
Chitchat, the contemporary circular street furniture, solves the purpose of bringing people closer outdoors. It comprises of a wooden bench and rocking trees for a playful effect and making outdoors less boring.
Contemporary public bench, made out of aluminium plate, electro polished and anodised finish with plant motifs, can be fitted with LED lights for night time and also highlight motifs.
Musical bench, with mosaic backsplash in overlapping blue and green ovals, which also acts as backrest. The bench is fitted with a lamp for light during night time. The music played by staff, tracks created by city associations gets activated at the push of a button.
Stainless steel glossy tube seating, by Alexander Taylor, has been inspired by felled logs which reflects the environment and offers a place of repose for passers-by.
The Infinity bench designed by Martino Gamper, made out of thermally modified wood battens which have been arrayed in an aesthetically appealing way and may go well with both contemporary and traditional outdoor setup.
Wraparound bench delivers 360-degree views by encircling the majestic trees, providing shaded seating for relaxation or chitchat.
Sky station, innovative public seating by designer Peter Newman, is an awesome place to sit in the sun or stargazing. Identical to a miniature UFO, curves have been designed in such a way as to support the human body in reclined position.
A neat and vigorous urban furniture in steel, stable and firm combination of bike rack and seating, one may just park his bike next to him while relaxing outdoors.
Lift seating, is redeployable and wave like seating, with a virtual bending of grass surface. This garden seating provides a zone of relaxation; grass plane is bent upward at the centre serves as seating.
Looks more like a solar sculpture in urban environment, inbuilt solar panels which absorb sun's rays during daytime and LED lights illuminate the surroundings at night.
Leaf shaped bench in metal, serves as a visual connection between natural landscape and man-made design.
Contemporary style concrete bench which adapts conveniently to uneven grounds.
Polished concrete benches with transparent glass beads fitted into the bench, attractive telluric light running along the seat and highlighting different spaces as well.
Stackable modular outdoor seating with fire resistant technology and resistance to damage.
Urban street furniture out of recycled plastic, with ability to withstand harsh outdoor environment without corrosion or breakdown.
Interesting bright rainbow coloured bench makes outdoors more cheerful.
Artistic wooden bench carved out of tree trunk, impressive form indicating butterfly held in human hands.
Vibrant and colourful mosaic bench running around the perimeter of outdoor space at an upper level like a serpentine by Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, Spain.
Outdoor seating sculpture with multiple types of spaces in a single module. Smooth curvy change in levels of wooden ribs allows casual interaction space.
Innovative bright coloured tulip shaped furniture adds fun to the outdoor.
Oasis by its name is a place of refuge with privacy in all seasons, this red and white eco friendly bench made from recycled rubber has umbrella like disc fiberglass cubicle with rotating screens for gutsy wind flows and a canopy on top made to house solar panel for light and heating provisions with 800 watt heater for chilly winters.
Bringing greenery to spaces where there was none, this eco- friendly idea for public outdoor seating include wooden benches and grassy platform supported by wood and stone base.
"Modified Social Benches" is a public art installation with minor distortions, added beneficial features to the benches, and some make the benches entirely unusable but it draws attention. The goal of the project is interaction between public and the benches.
By twisting a single string of carbon fibre around a form that was later on removed. This bench marks the revolution in outdoor seating with its unique design and is incredibly durable.
9 meter long object which consists of 3 steel bars start from one end as abstract swirling form flowing into an actual "seat' of a bench and continuous looping again till end.
Hand carved folded timber bench supported on stainless steel frame, conceptualised from a actual letter sent by a patient in the form of a folded postcard with a stainless steel stamp designed for a hospital outdoor. It assures the patient of the experience.
A bundle of brown bamboo poles strapped together without screws and glue in smart and simple way with just 4 belts of stainless steel holding the shape.
The bench has three layers of the woven metal each pillowing up over the previous level creating a cloud-like effect. The interlinked sheets have been riveted together at the bottom edge, it's made from sheets of brushed aluminium which were cut into strips and interlaced in a basket weave method.
This bench pays homage to the typography industry, it is made from laser cut that forms the word "muungano" which means union. The bench fulfils its role of being a functional surface.
Garden bench made using old tailgate, re-use before recycle is the concept behind this DIY bench which uses scraps of metal transformed and reserved for unique look.
Go green and have plants and shrubs growing in the back and side of concrete seating for an urban look that sits effortlessly next to nature.
This seating concept invites passer-by to come and rest. This asterisk like bench provides privacy, back support and house a planter. This concrete and wooden public seating is an eye pleasing pattern.
The form symbolize unity in diversity and resembles a large tree cut in half and is an experiment in social behaviour. The branching decides how people congregates on the bench.
Large S shaped bench for outdoor seating that can accommodate 35 people easily, is inspired from river. Its body is made of concrete and seating in wood and metal.
Sonsuz, meaning infinity is designed so from concrete and wood mould keeping in mind enclosed play area for kids with vegetation, grass and trees.
Useful for large gathering in parks, it's an extremely long sculpture that can sit 40 people and still be extended even more. Made from metal, tubular steels pieces are bended, chromed, welded and painted.
Akim means flow, it's a large piece sculpture rather than ordinary seating made out of metal and wood. A constant flow of atomic atomic particles for an outdoor seating.
Inspired from bones of animals with unique start and end design and repeating infinity signs, a strong public seating that can support many people at once.
This design is a barrier and protection for trees while providing space for 12 people composed from rotomolding of plastic.
A futuristic yet classic design, willing according to the state of mind bench wanting to socially interact. Designed with fiberglass and teak seats enhances the public and urban experience.
Wanting to move a bit closer to someone without making it too obvious? These seats on marble bed can shuffle, slide and swivel on this fun movable bench. Certainly adding fun moments to still outdoor sitting experience.
New age trendy public bench created by Anna Szonyi resembles the shape of a boomerang. It is designed out of multiple repetitive elements that can be rotated in an angle of 90 degree along the linear path allowing the user to move and adjust their seat. It is supported by a bracket of steel in a mirrored version of the seat members. This beautiful furniture piece is adaptive and flexible.
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