What’s In A Bench?

  • The bench: a hyper-common piece of street furniture that has been made polymorphic, transformed into a live-tweeting machine, and designed to be more like a chesterfield. Benches are everywhere, and it makes sense to try to re-invent it.

    This recent re-invention of the ever-present public seat comes from Berlin-based artist Jeppe Hein. The benches are designed in unconventional ways, not offering an immediately obvious sitting strategy for the passer-by.

    The creative ways that people approach the benches is just as entertaining as the benches themselves. People want to use these odd-looking benches, putting play back into our urban lives.