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.
- The Urban Reef, a sculptural series of benches and pavilions, will be open to the public throughout the summer.
- The Mariscal residence in downtown San Diego is just one surprise in a city rarely associated with innovative urban structures.
- Design Domestic is a photo-based exhibit featuring nine Canadian designers and artists in their homes.
The Dutch designer Marcel Wanders (born 1963) is creating a multimedia installation of personally selected objects to represent pivotal points in his career. Using shifting video images, lighting, and sound to illuminate the development of his body of work, Wanders provides the visitor with a unique visual and sensory experience dramatizing the evolution of his designs over the past twenty years.
New films—detailing Wanders’s design process and philosophy in projects ranging from manufactured products, hotel interiors, and design art—make their public premier in this retrospective installation. The soundscape that accompanies the films provides Wanders’s personal views on design.
- 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.
Varied forms, surface decoration, use of glaze for color combined with science and skill shows the full breadth of possibilities as demonstrated by this selection of ceramics from the Museum's collection.