August Orsvall

Stumps
These are two modules based on the idea of a family of furniture with several versions. The modules have various shapes and sizes depending on their purpose. The bigger one can be set to different heights with the aid of adjustable legs. In this way, it invites use in many ways: leaning on it, as a shelter from the wind, sitting or half-sitting on it or using it as a place to meet. The smaller module works as simple seating, preferably placed in groups. The design of the modules draws inspiration from the trunks and stumps of trees. Our cityscape is usually made up of hard materials and surfaces, where trees struggle to prosper and survive. This family of stumps and trunks might cause us to reflect on this when we see them on the concrete paving of a square.

August Orsvall
Stockholm, Sweden

aughaor@gmail.com

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Caroline Michaud

Elio and Lily
Those two belong to a family of furniture defined by a generous shape. The folding wood offers a warm and welcoming seat for anyone passing by. The family is intended to be placed as much in the public space as in a private garden.

Caroline Michaud
Paris, France

caroline-9@hotmail.fr
www.carolinemichaud.fr

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Dario Samardzic

Helix
Urban space needs more greenery and planting young trees in the city is necessary for a living environment. To create the best conditions for the tree we need to protect it from outside harm: give it the opportunity to develop. This steel spiral wraps around the trunk of the newly planted tree and gives it the support and protection it needs. At the same time, part of the guard extends to form a bench to offer a place to rest. In the city’s public spaces, this furniture could be an alternative to today’s solution for tree protection. It would also solve the evergrowing need for places to sit in the public environment. This is tree protection. This is a bench. This is Helix.

A big thanks to Glänta Design for tutoring, Weldac Rörsystem for the spiral, Wexter for the birch-tree and to Simon Westling and Oscar P. Lidgren for help with welding and assembly.

Dario Samardzic
Stockholm, Sweden

dariosamardzic@gmail.com
(+46)072 202 73 83

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Emma Hamilton

Balcony
My idea is for stackable pallets and benches that can also be used as shelving when they are not used for seating. An effective solution for balconies. The simplicity of being able to move and reassemble the different modules so as to create new contexts has been the basis for my design. The design demonstrates clarity and honesty. Assembly that needs only a simple lift. A clear meeting of materials that makes separation for re-cycling easy from a sustainability perspective.

Thanks go to Skagerak, Stockholm Vattenskärning AB and Bromma Stål.

Emma Hamilton
Stockholm, Sweden

emma.hamilton@student.konstfack.se
(+46)070 779 63 05

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Freja Ullert

Suitors’ Bench
Is an item of outdoor furniture inspired by the historical love seat, which was designed for intimate talking but no touching. Two people can sit next to each other, shoulder to shoulder, facing different directions. I had an interest in designing with light and integrated lighting that is visible through the lasercut perforation. If several benches are placed around a park, you can follow the glowing red thread of light that springs up and down from the ground. With several units joined together, islands or chains can be created that allow different seating constellations. The suitors’ bench glows red at nightfall and can act as a guiding light in dark places.

A big thank you to Weland for producing the furniture with its laser cut tubes and to ThinLight for help regarding lighting and sponsoring of the light cable.

Freja Ullert
Stockholm, Sweden

freja.ullert@gmail.com
instagram.com/frejaullert
(+46)076 242 07 08

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Harriet Wärn

M88 & M106
These two linear pieces of outdoor furniture derive their inspiration from Bauhaus: clean lines and functionality. It is designed for outdoor use and would be ideal for a semi-private or private environment. The continuous shapes and material unify the appearance of the stool and the two open sides create a play with gravity. The furniture draws attention but is not overly dominant, so it fits into many different spaces. This is a small but substantial piece of furniture.

Harriet Wärn
Helsinki, Finland

harriet@wahrn.fi
+3568 50 2799

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Helena Gahnhed

DAG
DAG is an interpretation of a daybed in a shortened outdoor version, inspired by heavily upholstered furniture with character. My aim was to create inviting and sympathetic furniture. DAG has two different seating heights, rounded shapes and seating that is warmed by your body temperature. Is it possible to design soft outdoor seating furniture that can live up to demands for durability? I wanted to question the preconceptions of what materials and what kind of furniture we use to furnish our public spaces. DAG is a soft, inviting seating which makes you want to stay seated for a while.

Warm thanks to Vollsjö for producing the soft seating, Bromma Stål for the material and Nola for tutoring!

Helena Gahnhed
Stockholm, Sweden

helena@gahnhed.se
(+46)073 387 65 70

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Ida Ingemann

Dot.
My starting point was to create a more elegant bench for public spaces. I wanted to create a bench with a more modern and eye-catching appearance than traditional public benches. I have given the bench a warm and welcoming expression despite the fact that the structure is mainly of steel, which is usually associated with something cold. I have chosen a warm colour for the bench. The seat and backrest are made of wood and in addition I have given the bench round edges, to give it a soft touch. The frame is made of powder-coated steel and the seat and backrest are made of douglas pine. Douglas pine is suitable for outdoor use and the powder coating makes the bench ideal for outdoor use, since it protects against corrosion. I have chosen to treat the wood with a red lacquer, so that the structure of the wood is visible.

Ida Ingemann
Aarhus, Denmark

ida.henriksen@live.dk
+45 26 79 82 70

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Mathijs Van Gageldonk

Urban Sprout
Public areas are often a place of traffic where people go from one place to another, so that public furniture like benches is more often empty than in use. With the urban sprout, I want to combine the concepts of public sculpture and furniture. While the object is not in use it can function as a sculpture and when it is in use the aim is to function as a place to wait: you can sit, lean or use it as a table. Some examples of locations where it can be placed are bus stops, metro stations or squares.

I want to thank the companies that provided help and sponsorship to make this project possible: Bengtssons Mekaniska made the laser cut metal frames and Grythyttan gave me oak timber.

Mathijs van Gageldonk
Eindhoven, The Netherlands

mathijsvangageldonk@gmail.com
behance.net/MathijsvanGageldonk
www.mvangageldonk.com

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Oscar Persson Lidgren

Organism
I want to share with everyone who moves in the public space by telling a story where curiosity and questioning have a big role. What is it actually that moves on our streets and squares? Is it animals or is it an imprint of a future that we cannot predict? By including pedestrians, tourists, people going from and to work and not just those whose legs are tired, the furniture becomes alive and can be a part of someone else’s everyday life.

Oscar Persson Lidgren
Stockholm, Sweden

oscar.p.lidgren@gmail.com
instagram.com/oscarpl89
(+46)070 212 18 37

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Pierre Labarre

RoC
This furniture is not fixed to the ground. The weight of a rock is what locks it to the ground. It can be placed in different areas such as parks or streets temporary closed for summer. The furniture can be moved quite easily to create new space and be adapted for different use. When it is removed the grass regrows.

It is cheap to make, consisting of steel tubes and pine wood. With granite rock typical of Sweden, the project has a real link to nature. The idea is not to force nature to accept the bench but to place it gently on the ground, with the possibility of taking it back. Each bench is unique because every rock is different in shape and colour, and that gives a «soul» to the furniture.

Pierre Labarre
Paris, France

pierre.labarre1996@gmail.com
pierrelabarre.tumblr.com

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Tom Schuster

Candy Bench
This outdoor furniture is inspired by the sweets and treats children like to eat and the tool you use to make soap bubbles. An area where people spend no more than a few minutes, like waiting for the bus, metro or commuter train, would be an ideal spot for this bench. Designed not to sit on but to lean on, it gives just enough comfort while waiting. Public spaces are often dull and dreary. To brighten up such an area the bench works best in two different finishes, to be flashy and loud and highly visible.

Tom Schuster
Berlin, Germany

moin@schusterjung.com
www.schusterjung.com
+358 40 6825230

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Yuto Ikoma

The Bouncing Bench
This is a furniture that celebrates the individual differences of each other and the slight and weak changes of the outdoor environment. There is a steel frame that encloses the wooden seat; the seat floats from an elastic rope. The height of the seat is not always constant. I hope that this bench can help you notice the small changes of ordinary days that you might have overlooked in a chair with fixed seat.

Yuto Ikoma 生駒夢叶
Kobe, Japan

y-ikoma2440@st.kyoto-art.ac.jp
instagram.com/yuto_ikoma

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