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May 22, 2006

Sunny Day Bench — by Gabriele Pezzini


It was unveiled at last month's "Open Your Mind" exhibition in Milan and the designer hopes to find a manufacturer.

Linda Hales wrote about it in the May 20 Washington Post Style section, as follows.

    Sitting Solo

    Study the behavior of people in an urban park on a sunny day.

    Watch how some hover and then dart for a free bench.

    Notice how those who do not want to share will sit in the middle, arms spread defiantly, as if to say, "Mine."

    Designing products is all about observation.

    In the best-case scenario, a designer will perceive something in the chaos of the everyday that calls for change.

    Gabriele Pezzini appears to have absorbed the antisocial behavior of urban park sitters before redesigning the bench for an exhibition, "Open Your Mind," presented last month in Milan.

    He's hoping to find a manufacturer who shares his mind-set.

    The Sunny Day Bench has a standard-width back with plenty of room to stretch one's arms.

    The issue of personal space is resolved by providing room for only one to sit.

    And none for those who lie down to sleep.


[photo via designboom]

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I actually could see this also as potentially a great idea for those with baby carriages, etc.

And maybe produce an "inverted" one with two end (and no middle) seats.

Posted by: chris | May 23, 2006 10:01:50 AM

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