Usually very common habit of young people when they
sit on a new clean bench is to write down a message or draw something on it. My
goal was to transform that culture in something fresh and contemporary. Mybench.gr implements traditional aesthetics -through
a modern view- with interactive technology. Every bench has a data matrix on
both sides which links users on a forum-like web page where they can post their
message, upload photos or even chat with other users. This way every bench
acquires its own history. At the back of mybench.gr, between the metal legs lays
a 5 place bicycle stand. This way the product encourages people of Athens to
use their bikes more.
A young couple gives teir first kiss on one of these
benches. They can link on the web page, write their message (ALEX: Maria I love
you so much!!!!!!! MARIA:
Me too!!!!!!!!!) or even upload a photo of them.
A group of young boys have a meeting point in a park
and they got "their" bench. They link on the web page, they post
their message (BEASTIE BOYS RULZZZZZZZZ) and they upload a photo of them.
A middle aged lady goes every evening in a park next
to her house for a walk with her dog. She is sitting on the bench and watching
her dog playing with others. Suddenly her dog starts chasing a cat. She loses
her dog. She can link in the web page, write her message (Mrs. PALOUSI: Today I
lost my dog in the park. If anyone can help please sent me an e-mail...) and even upload a photo of her dog.
Mybench consists of the following parts: The sitting
system made of wooden blocks, the metal legs and the metal bicycle stand. All
metal elements are made of standard parts (DIN pipes, hollow structural section
HSS etc) and the rear part with the flower design is made of metal leafs t=
20mm cut with laser cutting machine. The use of standard elements gives limit the cost of
production while the absence of molded parts and the supply of raw materials
from local suppliers decrease the carbon footprint of the product.