Unusual public benches from around the world

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These public benches that we found while traveling in different countries are anything but boring.

Creative cities can find many ways to stand out. Artistic and unusual public benches are one of them. In most of the cases, it takes only a great idea to transform a dull city’s object into an eye-catching piece of art or even a tourist attraction.

Here’s the list of unusual public benches we’ve found in different cities around the world. Although some of these benches were placed to mark a special occasion, the majority became an integral part of the city.

1. Grass lounge chairs in Geneva, Switzerland

Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene/Business Fondue

Artificial grass lounge chairs have been placed everywhere in Geneva, including parks, tram stops and squares. Isn’t it a great place to take a nap after lunch?

When we sat on it: August 2018

2. Giant hammock under cherry blossom trees in Seoul, South Korea

Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene/Business Fondue
Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene

Seoul came up with the best idea on how to enjoy cherry blossoms in spring. A giant hammock surrounded by cherry blossom trees lures to take a rest and relax while enjoying a magnificent view (or scrolling on the phone).

When we sat on it: April 2019

3. Swings in Meyrin, Switzerland

Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene/Business Fondue
Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene/Business Fondue

A Swiss city Meyrin transformed its main square into a lush garden with swings serving as public benches in summer 2018. Although kids were the most enthusiastic about swaying on the swings, many adults also couldn’t resist the desire to relive their childhood memories.

When we sat on it: July 2018

4. Bean bag chairs in Vilnius, Lithuania

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Every summer bean bags, hammocks, and lounge chairs pop up in Lukiskiu square in Vilnius, Lithuania, as a part of an open-air reading room. Hundreds of books of different genres are available to book lovers during the summer.

Opened for the first time in summer 2018, the public reading space was a big hit. It comes as no surprise that such an exceptional place came up with better ideas than traditional public benches.

When we sat on it: July 2018

5. Giant bench in Neuchatel, Switzerland

Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene/Business Fondue

On this giant bench in Neuchatel, a pretty medieval town in Switzerland is not so easy to climb on. As a matter of fact, some of the passers-by were successful only the second or the third time while the others needed a helping hand from a friend or a loved one.

When we sat on it: August 2019

6. Clay armchairs in Evian, France

Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene/Business Fondue

Armchairs made of clay are placed in a public park in Evian, a French city renowned for a bottled water producer Evian. Although those armchairs were meant to be an art object as they are surrounded by modern sculptures, people put them to good use as public benches.

When we sat on it: May 2018

7. Boxes in Neuchatel, Switzerland

Photo: Jurgita Simeleviciene/Business Fondue

These urban public benches that have been installed on a small canal in Neuchatel’s pedestrian street in summer 2019 were both simple and creative. They brought back nature to the center of the town and became a popular place for a quick lunch or a short break.

When we sat on it: August 2019


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