Ten international designers were invited to redefine the park bench for an urban installation titled Superbenches. Unveiled on April 29 in a Stockholm suburb, the benches are intended to encourage locals to use the park as a public meeting place. The initiative forms part of a two-year development project intended to invigorate the community.
Other bench prototypes include a sinuous, wave-shaped seat from British designer Max Lamb; a redesign of existing benches featuring colour gradients from Dutch studio Scholten & Baijings; and an L-shaped formation of bricks made of cow dung by Italian architect Luca Cipelletti, among others.
For more inspirational social design, see Urban Planning & Communal living in our Beijing Design Week 2016 report, which focuses on developing new uses for public spaces and revitalising urban areas in China.