As a space, object and concept designer, Barbara is always looking for new inventive ideas that surprise.
How can standard objects or spaces become a different standaert?
A DIFFERENT BENCH
Cities are becoming more and more paved surfaces. There is less green and the public space turns gray. The precious rainwater directly flows to streams and rivers through the sewerage. How can we restore natural processes and give back some green to our urbanized landscape?
THE WATERBENCH is a playful piece of furniture that collects rainwater for the plants incorporated into the seating surface. So rainwater is used in public spaces to create self-sufficient green. The rainwater naturally seeps through the porous concrete cover and is collected in a water-tight concrete reservoir where the plants find their water and food.
The permanent water supply always guarantees a dry seat, even in rainy weather, requires hardly any maintenance and ensures a permanent green touch in the city.
This project was created in cooperation with Ebema.
“Improving spaces”. That is the mission of Ebema. With a lot of creativity and prefabricated concrete products, Ebema has been improving spaces since 1946. Projects with custom-made products. A unique size. A new colour. An unusual shape. An artwork. An extraordinary exterior decoration… Ebema’s concrete masterminds consider it a challenge. The result of the cooperation is the “Waterbench”.
Winner ‘Design Fast Track Award’ - Kortrijk 2018
Second winner of the ‘Concrete Design Competition 2017/2018’
Dutch Design Week - Eindhoven 2018
Interieur City Festival/Biennale Interieur - Kortrijk 2018
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