The smoking prohibition in London and its consequences really made us focus in one important aspect: people were standing in front of pubs smoking and drinking. Thinking about why were there no interventions made for this practise to become more comfortable, we realized that in the center of the city you can’t find a bench. The sidewalks are quite narrow and the people flow is normally intense. Normally, a bench occupies and requires a certain amount of ground space. It is mainly because of this that the London Bench was designed.
London Bench is designed specially for London, taking its aesthetics, needs and conventions into consideration. It’s not a classic ‘where to sit’ bench, but a bench to lean on. Since people are still standing up, the transit of the sidewalk is not broken.
Only two components are needed to produce the London Bench, since they are modular. The main leg, that is suitable for both ends, is made of smelted aluminum and it is attached to the ground using four screws. For the leaning surface, there are two measures: the individual and the 3pax measure. The wood is varnished or dyed in green.
Project made with Paula Jiménez.