These public seating designs all have one thing in common--they force interaction between strangers.
From benches with sliding seats that help you get up close and personal to balancing ones that force you to work together with your neighbor to attain comfort, the public seating innovations in this slideshow aren't for the shy.
Implications - Despite our connected online world, we are increasingly becoming distant and disconnected in our offline world. To regain a sense of community, city planners and commercial designers are creating public seating that encourages interaction rather than enabling privacy. By placing strangers in close proximity, designers hope to break down social barriers and incentivize citizens to interact with each other.
Outdoor Architecture That Forces Interaction With Strangers
Have a Break, Have a Seat on a Kitkat Bar
Bushy Bench by 5.5 Designers
Outdoor Observatory Furniture
Skystation Seat is a Relaxing Look at Nature's Beauty
The Smoker Bench
Public Seat That's Always Dry
The Rolling Bench
Isaac Arms Studio Creates Limited Edition 'Bench No. 8'
Water Drop-Inspired Bench
'Public Chair' by Pop Chang
Sliding Public Seating
The Come a Little Bit Closer Bench
Klabenkkk Expands to Seat 9
Forced Interaction in Public Spaces
The 'Seesaw Bench'
Permanent Outdoor Red Carpets
Switzerland's City Lounge
Sculptured Public Chairs
Issit Brings Art And Style Into Public Seating
Bluetooth-Enabled Public Seating
Green-Space Loving Activists Drill Down New Seats Around London
LightBench by Frellstedt
Interactive Public Seating
Modular D & A Seating is Inviting and Fun
The Swing Bench Lets Adults Play Like Children Again
Sebastien Wierinick Creates Benches That Will Blow Your Mind
Modular Public Seating
The Campus Bench Encourages Socializing