Seesaw Bench

September 22nd, 2008

Seesaw Bench by Martin Nicolausson & Tom Eriksson.

An attempt at getting strangers to conversate start a conversation in public spaces. This bench requires cooperation to be functional.

EDIT:
The original bench was designed by Lars Gunnars for the city of Stockholm in the early 90’s.

Seesaw Bench by Martin Nicolausson & Tom Eriksson

25 Responses to “Seesaw Bench”

  1. Wippen in het park at zabine ziet Says:

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  2. Time Tracker Says:

    Very cool. Any word on where this bench is located?

  3. Stx Says:

    Brilliant.

    Clever and simple!

  4. Peanut Butter Says:

    Also, it’s an attempt to get strangers to converse, not conversate. Cheers.

  5. Jess Says:

    I want to lie down on it… defeats the purpose I know but it could be fun! Wish the location was labeled. *hint hint, nod nod*

  6. Miss_Persnickety Says:

    You DO know that “conversate” is NOT a word, right? You can converse, or have a conversation, but CONVERSATE? So Jerry Springer!

  7. AntiSocial Person Says:

    I bet if one person sits nears the middle it could work. Or is it just too heavy?

  8. bill gorley Says:

    Conversate? What Planet?

  9. today and tomorrow - pieter Says:

    Thanks to all for pointing out that conversate isn’t a word.
    I’ve quoted that sentence from the designers website, I should have payed a little more attention.
    So sorry again, English is not my mother tongue.

  10. design Says:

    brilliant idea that makes sitting into a necessarily cooperative effort

  11. bang Says:

    at least it keeps the homeless fit, while sleepong on it

  12. Dan Herkimer Says:

    Actually, the entire “art” rationale was merely a ruse. The City officials were looking for a way to keep the vagrants from sleeping on the benches. Unfortunately, the bums found a workaround — they jammed enough trash under both ends for support and then laid down for the night. In addition, some drunken men tried to play teeter-totter and one of them got a severe concussion. The pivot mechanism has since been welded in place and it now serves as a regular bench.

  13. pete Says:

    sweet excuse for the convrsate thing!

  14. Ryan G Says:

    This would be so great for the drunk tramps in the local parks. They’d soon clear out.

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  19. asdfasdf Says:

    All of the people who complained about your diction have grammar and punctuation errors in their own posts. You’ve done well, particularly if English isn’t your first language.

  20. www.krembo99.com Says:

    Nice Idea,
    Altough something at the back of my mind tells me I have already seen things similar things or concept in public spaces., ora maybe even exactly that somewhere else..

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  23. www.nessoret.com Says:

    Very nice idea..Makes public spaces that much more fun..

  24. jbrebelo Says:

    i would like to know when these people will start to make diference betwen art and design.
    this is not design at all. this sucks. in a garden i need a bank to seat.
    it looks like vandalisme, not design..

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