Street Furniture Your City Wishes it Had
Street furniture already catches the eye of denizens eyeing a resting spot, but in select cities it also has people marveling at their good looks. Designers from all over the world are adding flavor—with a healthy dose of colorful whimsy—to otherwise gray streets with these seats, benches, planters, and the like, but what makes these pieces even better is that tourists and locals alike actually use them, demonstrating that good modern design puts function at the heart of creation. Whether custom-designed or off-the-shelf, we break down a list of some of the coolest pieces on streets and boardwalks right now.
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- Beautiful Vancouver, aka Hollywood North, has its own brand of modern cool. Here are 8 designs Dwell loves from the city.
- Design Domestic is a photo-based exhibit featuring nine Canadian designers and artists in their homes.
- The Mariscal residence in downtown San Diego is just one surprise in a city rarely associated with innovative urban structures.
- The new office complex by J. Mayer H. Architects sits on the edge of downtown Hamburg, bordering the Aussenalster waterfront.
- A pair of Toronto boutique owners and their architects surpass expectations for above-the-shop living with a renovation that celebrates clean design and serene space.
- One of Portland, Oregon’s, up-and-coming neighborhoods can thank a modern reinterpretation of a previously decrepit building for inspiring a wave of rather chic downtown development.
- While in New York City last month, I spent a night at the new W New York hotel, downtown in Wall Street.
- Most beachfront houses treat the ocean as part of the visual landscape with panoramic views and wraparound balconies.