Convertible Custom- Height Benches

We are used to see urban furniture fixed in place such as benches bolted to the sidewalks, trash cans, lighting and so on.  But what would happen if we could have the possibility of customising our city depending on our everyday needs?

This set of custom hydraulic benches was designed by Carmela Bogman and Rogier Martens to put a DIY element back in the hands of the broader public, allowing people (tall, small or anywhere in between) from a local neighbuorhood community to interactively raise and lower the seating heights as they wish.

Rectangular aluminum seats are attached to round support columns that extend into the ground below street level and can be moved up or down at slowly and safely with the turn of a handle in a nearby utility box. More than being neat and unusually functional, these urban benches help bridge the ever-present gap between private/adjustable and public/static furniture design.


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