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63 Quirky Communal Furnishings

From Arboreal Transit Stops to Warped Pipe Seating

— February 4, 2014 — Art & Design
While some people might be hesitant to take a seat in any type of public setting, these quirky communal furnishings will definitely encourage individuals to pay closer attention due to all the eclectic design inspirations.

Public benches and transit stops often feature out of date designs and run down material, but these modern communal furnishings serves to encourage user interaction with their use of abstract designs and modern touches. A great way to get more involved with public space while interacting with others around you, these quirky furnishings are offering more of a contemporary approach to public furniture.

From playground-inspired seating to planter perches and light switch benches, these quirky public furnishings are turning mundane outdoor features into creatively intriguing works of art.
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Socialization-Inducing Seating
Socialization-Inducing Seating
The Nurus 4U Piece Encourages Users to Sit with One Another
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62
Circular Multi-Seated Benches
Circular Multi-Seated Benches
The Buzz Bench Brings New Style to Communal Seating
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61
Bottom-Side-Up Benches
Bottom-Side-Up Benches
The Jeppe Hein Inverted Seat is Intentionally Upside Down
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60
Minimalist Wood Slab Furniture
Minimalist Wood Slab Furniture
This Industrial Dining Bench from West Elm Embodies Simple Elegance
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59
Modular Tetris Furniture
Modular Tetris Furniture
Brackets Furniture by Nendo Can Surround Users Like Parentheses
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58
Hybrid Picnic Table Blankets
Hybrid Picnic Table Blankets
This Dual-Purpose Outdoor Blanket Comes with a Built-in Table
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57
Glowing Light Switch Benches
Glowing Light Switch Benches
The HIK Ontwerpers Benches Will Keep You Illuminated
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56
Quirky Continuous Benches
Quirky Continuous Benches
The 10 Unit Seating System is Constructed with Simple L-Shaped Segments
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55
Sharable Bifold Desktops
Sharable Bifold Desktops
Slate2 by Kimberly Andersson Encourages the Communal Aspect of Learning
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54
Contemporary Jungle-Inspired Hotels
Contemporary Jungle-Inspired Hotels
The Bikini Berlin Hotel Reflects the Wilderness of a Jungle
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53
Mobile Furniture Workspaces
Mobile Furniture Workspaces
Naruse Inokuma Architects Builds a Communal Space with KOIL in Japan
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52
Curvaceous Designer Benches
Curvaceous Designer Benches
Zaha Hadid's 'Serac' is a Beautifully Twisted Creation Made for Lab 23
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51
Collapsible Communal Tables
Collapsible Communal Tables
Escofet's GRASSHOPPER Range Boasts a Communal Table and Bench Hybrid
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50
Stretched Snaking Desks
Stretched Snaking Desks
The 150m Long Study Table by MAKS Encourages Student Interaction
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49
Gassy Public Seating
Gassy Public Seating
The Propane Tank Bench's Curves Provide Comfort for All
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48
Dog-Shaped Public Seating
Dog-Shaped Public Seating
The Whippet Bench by Radi Designers is Made for Pet Lovers
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47
Dramatic Butterfly Benches
Dramatic Butterfly Benches
This Butterfly Bench by Cricket Forge is a Stunning Piece of Seating
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46
Arboreal Transit Stops
Arboreal Transit Stops
The Tree Bus Shelter Emulates a Reliable Natural Form of Refuge
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45
Communal Workspace Furniture
Communal Workspace Furniture
This Flexible Office Furniture Collection is Streamlined and Modern
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44
Communal Creative Carpets
Communal Creative Carpets
Domestic Gathering by Stephanie Langard Boasts a Bonfire in the Middle
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43
Communal Backrest Benches
Communal Backrest Benches
Dan Golden and Jen Huh Developed a Museum Public Chair Design
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42
Warped Tire-Like Seating
Warped Tire-Like Seating
The Klimp City Furniture is Eco-Friendly and Versatile
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41
Butterly Public Benches
Butterly Public Benches
The Bend Bench by Attila Jonas Affords Pedestrians Rare Personalization
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40
Wood-Marble Furniture
Wood-Marble Furniture
The Poise Collection by Box Clever is Surprisingly Simplistic
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39
Blackboard Workspace Decor
Blackboard Workspace Decor
Evernote App's California Office Encourages Collaborative Thinking
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38
Literature-Inspired Public Seating
Literature-Inspired Public Seating
The London Book Benches Focus on Classic Novels
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37
Curvy Modular Seating
Curvy Modular Seating
Jangir Maddadi's Compound Collection is a Versatile Public Bench
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36
Open-Plan Office Furniture
Open-Plan Office Furniture
This Communal Furniture Was Designed for Employees Using Laptops
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35
Picnic Table Desks
Picnic Table Desks
BuzziPicNic by Alain Gilles is a Modern Communal Workspace
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34
Snaking Modular Seating
Snaking Modular Seating
The M² Bench by Studio Segers Encourages Outdoor Gatherings
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33
Unitive Y-Shaped Seating
Unitive Y-Shaped Seating
The Air Bench Can Expand in Every Direction to Accommodate More Sitters
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32
Public Meeting Seating
Public Meeting Seating
David Fox's Nestle Couch Provides Much Needed Privacy in Open Spaces
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31
Customizable Public Furniture
Customizable Public Furniture
MultipliCITY by Fuseproject Incorporates Local Materials
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30
Playground-Inspired Furniture
Playground-Inspired Furniture
Swingers by Neulhae Cho Brings Strangers Together
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29
Shoreline-Inspired Benches
Shoreline-Inspired Benches
R Seaside Urban Seating Blends in with the Sinuous Foam on the Beach
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28
Synthesized Spectral Seating
Synthesized Spectral Seating
Lollipop Bench Features a Scrumptious Combination of Antique Styles
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27
Social Media Public Seating
Social Media Public Seating
MyBench.gr Encourages Virtual Vandalism and Community Networking
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26
Local Pipe Loungers
Local Pipe Loungers
Oliver Show 'Street Furniture' Turns Public Places into Living Spaces
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Mod-U-Lar Planter Perches
Mod-U-Lar Planter Perches
Punka Seating System Accommodates People and Plants in Many Arrangements
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24
Stratified Public Seating
Stratified Public Seating
The Monolit Bench by Pawel Grobelny is Simple and Sculptural
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23
Beer-Inspired Furniture
Beer-Inspired Furniture
The Franzl Table and Bench by Sebastian Schneider
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Undulating Eating Surfaces
Undulating Eating Surfaces
Picnic Bench by Tomasz Chmielewski Serves Up Sinuous Seating
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Corkscrew Public Seating
Corkscrew Public Seating
T3 Information Monuments Provide Comfort and Counsel
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20
Barbecuing Picnic Tables
Barbecuing Picnic Tables
The Omega Outdoor Cooking Table Makes Alfresco Food Prep More Social
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19
Serpentine Embroidered Benches
Serpentine Embroidered Benches
Snake System Invites Interaction in Transitional Spaces
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18
Warped Pipe Seating
Warped Pipe Seating
The Tube Bench by Peter Donders Pushes the Limits of Metal Malleability
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17
Transforming Work Benches
Transforming Work Benches
Yonder Magnetik’s ‘Poyke’ Bench is Work-Functional Lou
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16
Bold Puzzling Benches
Bold Puzzling Benches
The Signs Seating System Links Up to Form Extended Abstract Sofas
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15
Compact Communal Ottomans
Compact Communal Ottomans
Gaming Table Separates to Reveal Four Seats and a Recreational Surface
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14
Fallen Tree-Like Seating
Fallen Tree-Like Seating
The Infinity Bench is Inspired by Wooden Canoe Construction
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13
Fairytale Sofas
Fairytale Sofas
'We are Family' Sofa Channels the Princess and the Pea
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12
Ascending Planter Perches
Ascending Planter Perches
Talita Exterior Bench Welcomes Interaction with Walkers
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11
Technologically Advanced Park Benches
Technologically Advanced Park Benches
The Aster Lounger Combines Concrete with Gadgetry
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10
Levitating Sculptural Seats
Levitating Sculptural Seats
The h220430 Mimic Bench has Strange Social and Surreal Qualities
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9
Octopus-Shaped Sofas
Octopus-Shaped Sofas
This Edra Circular Couch is Comfy and Anti-Social
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8
Chic Continuous Chairs
Chic Continuous Chairs
The Foster Line of Waiting Room Seats Allows for Stylish Comfort
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7
Living Room Hammocks
Living Room Hammocks
Koala 45 by Stal Collectief Has a Large Sling Surface for Communal Lounging
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6
Pinned Pillow Benches
Pinned Pillow Benches
The Facile Sofa Comprises a Cushions, Dowels and a Pegboard Block
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5
Enormous All-Encompassing Couches
Enormous All-Encompassing Couches
Luna by Claesson Koivisto Rune Makes a Comfy Room Inside a Room
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4
Forced Interaction Furniture
Forced Interaction Furniture
The Bottlebench Social Garden Furniture Project Enhances Interaction
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3
Contemporary Table-Incorporating Couches
Contemporary Table-Incorporating Couches
The TOOaPICNIC Chill by TOOtheZOO is for the Tech-Savvy
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2
Modular Tri-Sided Seating
Modular Tri-Sided Seating
The SimpliSeat Bench Can Assume an Array of Configurations
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1
Multifunctional Kitchen Counters
Multifunctional Kitchen Counters
The Miele 'Nexus' by Claire Regan
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