Benches can be used both by the public and can be used in homes. Surprisingly enough, they can also be considered a home to both animals and humans. Here are 40 different bench innovations, from biodegradable benches and sculptural benches to playground inspired seating and creative benchvertising.

Implications - What is most interesting about these nifty bench innovations is that they creatively reinterpret what is otherwise a familiar and underwhelming object. Indeed they demonstrate that even something as everyday as a bench can be an opportunity for a brilliant marketing or design idea. By having the ability to look past the traditional confines of an object, these nifty ideas seem to make the world a more magically creative place.