Bench is probably one of the furniture which is overlooked by many people. In their minds, it is just a longer version of chair but it is not as comfortable as sofa. This statement is right in some way – there are many benches like that. But bench can be cool as well, just like the 12 benches listed in this post. They are not only looking cool but also having some interesting functions. Some of them might look a bit weird for you, but we can deny the creativity behind it.
Homeless haven is a concept designed to solve the increasing concern of homeless in the process of urbanization. In summer time, you probably will notice more and more homeless live in the street, wandering from place to place. To give them more humanitarian care and assistance, designer Ke Wan, Xiaohua Ma, Xing Guo & Qingxiang Zhu come up with the idea “Homeless Haven”. It looks like a bench for public to rest during the day and can be converted into a safe shelter at night. It might look like a good idea but if you think thoroughly, there are many problems if this “Homeless Haven” actually be used in public area. How to keep the shelter clean? How to make sure these shelter won’t be used in day time and converted back to bench?
1. Bench No. 3 by Floris Wubben [link]
Bench No. 3 is a design by Floris Wubben that asks the question of whether or not benches are for sitting. This bench is made of polypropylene, wood and lacquered metal. The wavy polypropylene is attached to the wooden branch with metal rods. As a consequence, the shape of the polypropylene is given by the shape of the branch. The polypropylene forms a fascinating combination along with the natural wood. Although completely different materials, they both need each other to conquer the whole design