If you’re involved in any way with public spaces, you’ve experienced the positives and negatives of street furniture. Sometimes those lovely benches are the perfect fit. Sometimes they frankly get in the way.
When you’re setting up a stage, organizing a family event or featuring buskers, a great wide-open, unencumbered public space appeals to everyone.
When it’s lunchtime and everyone wants to bask in the sunshine and eat lunch outdoors, you wish for tables, chairs, benches and fountains.
Introducing the ultimate solution: Pop-up street furniture. This furniture folds and disappears into the sidewalk. It is fabulous for public spaces and creates great urban design.
Now you can have the luxury of benches, tables and chairs for part of the season and a flat space for events, gatherings and setting up something crazy or unique.
Now you can have places to sit and gather on sunny days and the perfect surface for shoveling snow in the winter.
Now you can have a chess tournament and a mini-football game, held hours apart, in exactly the same spot – without any messy take-down or installation.
We know how the murphy bed has the potential to change small apartments into spacious rooms. We have seen tremendous space saving designs for our homes and cars. But the public realm has traditionally been lacking in the innovation department.
But, why is that? Where in the world is space saving more important than in our precious public spaces. As cities take on greater population growth, our walkable space becomes increasingly precious.
We need green spaces, open spaces, sitting and eating spaces, but the footprint we have to work with is often tiny.
Whether it’s giant garbage cans, bus shelters, benches, tables or street advertising, we must be far more creative than ever before.
Street signs also take up much more space than they should. Design should focus on walkability and liveability. We must be willing to experiment and build a better city.