Famous designers create alternative park benches
Designers from nine different countries have been selected to create benches for an open-air natural recreation area in central Jakobsberg. The benches will be built as prototypes, but may become permanent features if they turn out to be popular. Superbenches is supported by Kalejdohill, an urban development project which, over a period of two years, will enhance the Kvarnbacken area of Jakobsberg before new homes are built around it.
Kalejdohill has invited internationally-acclaimed designers and given them an assignment to use their creations to challenge people to imagine a new version of the traditional park bench. The benches’ function will not be restricted to just sitting or resting.
”We hope that the bench installations will encourage a dialogue about what it really means to mix with and meet people outdoors. What can the park be used for? What is it like to spend time there? This dialogue will be valuable in the planning of the future homes around Kvarnbacken and the hubthat is being created”, says Mia Lundström, Project Manager of Kalejdohill.
The planning of construction and placement is now underway. In April, the alternative benches will be sited at Kvarnbacken in Jakobsberg.
The London-based design studio Soft Baroque consists of Saša Štucin from Slovenia and Nicholas Gardner from Australia. Their experimental work has already featured, for example, at the Victoria and Albert Museum and Christie’s in London, the Swiss Institute in New York, and at design fairs in both Milan and Dubai.
The American industrial designer Jonathan Olivares works in Los Angeles, where he focuses on industrial design, design-related research and exhibitions.
Max Lamb is a British designer with his own studio in London. He has travelled to China, Australia, New York and his native Cornwall in England to source materials and find crafts which inspire his unique works.
Märta Hägglund & Sanna Gripner
Märta Hägglund and Sanna Gripner from Sweden recently graduated from the Beckman College of Design in Stockholm. Since then, they have been working together and have exhibited at design fairs in Stockholm and Milan.
Before the Canadian furniture designer Philippe Malouin set up his own design agency, he worked with the world-famous designer Tom Dixon and studied at the highly-regarded École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris.
New York-born Leon Ransmeier still works in his home city, where he has been running Ransmeier Inc. since 2015. His work has appeared internationally.
In 2000, the Italian architect Luca Cipelletti setup AR.CH.IT, a design studio which focuses on urban and architectural design, as well as art direction.
The Nigerian architect Ifeanyi Oganwu has studied in Chicago, London and New York. Since 2008, Ifeanyi has had a studio in London where he works on architecture and furniture design.
Naihan Li is a Chinese architect and designer with a furniture design studio in Beijing. She also has a long-running creative partnership with the artist Ai Weiwei.
Mia Lundström, Project Manager Kalejdohill, firstname.lastname@example.org, 0708-483 313