Furniture items for outdoor public spaces include a wide range of products: seating, sunscreens, different compartments, ashtrays, trash bins, planters, Information mediums, bicycle stands and many others. The popularity of different chargers for IT devices nowadays increasing. Among furniture elements, the most numerous are seating items. Their design solution depends on the purposes so one type of seating will be suitable for the sports facilities and for the restaurant terrace the other one. Also, size and type of outdoor public seating depend on the age of the users: in the kindergarten, they will be adjusted to the age of the children and in parks will be adjusted to the ergonomic requirements of the adult users.
The outdoor public seating furniture
Designers have created numerous types of public seating items such as individual seating: chairs, stools shez-long... or benches as the group seating. This type of furniture may be mobile or fixed when they are tied to the floor or walls.
The benches are produced in different materials, colours and styles, for different purposes: green areas, parks, town squares...
Benches are most often made up of modular elements which allow various forms of the groups: linear or circular seating. Their configuration affects social connections of the users: so that circular, semi-circular forms enable the links and direct face-to-face contact with the users, and linear configuration enabling the isolation and privacy. Benches have a social role in space. They allow a gathering of people, provide a place for comfortable seating and relaxation, or place for the first meeting of the young couple, for children to play ...
The basic condition that the material for the bench must fulfil is to be durable and resistant to atmospheric influences they are exposed.
Modern materials like polypropylene, polyethene etc. are suitable to produce outdoor seating. This material is grateful for the design and enables the realization of the complex forms.
Benches produced of concrete often have the interesting forms. Although taken from a robust material final result is organic, soft, even gentle form. Concrete benches are suitable for streets and bus stops, either linear or curved, maybe with different finishes. The richness of colours facilitates the integration of the environment with appropriate finishing and surface protection.
Metal is ideal to produce the public furniture not only for construction items but also for all other components. The metal sheet (aluminium) can be decoratively perforated, often with a decorative lighting that accomplishes site-specific effects in the evening. Special attention is given to the quality of the edges to avoid injury to the users.
Garden Benches made of wood are closest to the traditional product and today are with a special charm in appearance. To achieve the quality of the details some producers combine handmade craftsmanship with technological processes.
Benches are produced from oak, walnut, teak. The final finish and protection of the wood benches is an important issue. Protection with materials similar to the ones used for protection of yachts gives positive results.
Wood, concrete or metal can be used for the entire product, or only as a detail. The wide range of material combination is available.
Today, special attention is paid to the ecological characteristics of applied materials.
Therefore, except quality, durability, the priority to the producers are the materials that do not pollute the environment in any phase of production, installation, and operation.
The benches often have some add functional value, for example, planters, lighting or the bicycle holder.
Today, work becomes an integral part of every moment of ours. The benches with solar USB charger, protection and access to wireless internet become the place for alternative work/small workstation or entertainment.
This causes the new approach to the design of public seating furniture to provide the proper response to the need of the contemporary user.
The architect or landscape designer scope of works is to incorporate outdoor furniture in environments, whether the old urban space, modern city square, park or sports facilities are in question. The task is always to create environment user-friendly.