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Street Furniture Your City Wishes it Had

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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.

Key Bike Rack by Santa & Cole Nothing says locking up your bike like a “key” rack, created by Spanish designers Santa...
Kajen Bench by Thomas Bernstrand Swedish designer Thomas Bernstrand has a variety of street furniture choices in his...
Maggie Bench by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Originally designed by Seattle landscape architectural firm Gustafson Guthrie...
West 26th Street Viewing Spur Bench designed by James Corner Field Operations and Diller Scofidio + Renfro Your city...
Railings by West 8 + DTAH Sure, there are cool benches, but what about rapturous railings? The Rees WaveDeck by West 8...
Pink Umbrellas by Claude Cormier Canada’s Sugar Beach, located in downtown Toronto, offers a whimsical way to...
Custom-made Pots by James Corner Field Operations To spruce up the MGM portion of the City Center Las Vegas project,...
Nu Line Bench by Landscape Forms Race Street Pier in Philadelphia utilizes off-the-shelf benches and furnishings from...
Granville Bench by PWL By mixing native materials (the wood) with urban flair (the metal), PWL Partnership’s Derek Lee...
Olympic Village by PWL A mix of street furniture designed for the Olympic Village in Vancouver offers swiveled chairs...
t3 by omos The streets of Ireland come alive with color and texture with the t3 bench by omos.
Melbourne Bench by Igor Solovyov Simple, with a clear silhouette, the cast aluminum and pine wood bench by Belarusian...
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