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    Oliver Schau’s Street Furniture


    TAGESKARTE 06.12.11 / Kunst / HFBK Designpreis / Oliver Schau

    Oliver Schau’s “Street Furniture” is another creative approach to urban seating. The project consists of a series of guerrilla public seating areas created by wrapping yellow drainage pipes around Hamburg’s existing urban infrastructure.

    TAGESKARTE 06.12.11 / Kunst / HFBK Designpreis / Oliver Schau

    TAGESKARTE 06.12.11 / Kunst / HFBK Designpreis / Oliver Schau

    The low-cost and highly flexible plastic cushions allow for the creation of quick, comfortable temporary seating. Show a design award from the HFBK Leinemann Foundation for Education and the Arts for the project.

    TAGESKARTE 06.12.11 / Kunst / HFBK Designpreis / Oliver Schau

    While I wouldn’t want this kind of project to stand in as a substitute for permanent urban seating, I think creating comfortable yet temporary seating still has a role in making city-living a little bit better.

    TAGESKARTE 06.12.11 / Kunst / HFBK Designpreis / Oliver Schau

    All images from Der Spiegel, via Architizer

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