Park Bench Peelback

Park bench, utilitarian furniture, too often adjusted to uninspired mediocrity. They rarely have a contextual relationship to their environment, and they almost never contribute to the history of the place. Ben Thorp Pilback’s Placement however manages to do all of the above with grace and elegance.

The site seems to clear away the level of history, presenting to the local person a short explanation of the history of the area. As Thorpe explains that “The basic tenet of a placement is to give effect that it has been cleared away from the base, showing a typographical story based on the history of a specific area where the placement will be placed, giving the impression that you read from the foundations of the city.”.

Ben Thorpe is an award-winning product developer currently based in the UK Northwest. Thorpe’s core philosophy is that interdisciplinary collaboration makes for better and more interesting products, and peelback site is a strong example of nourishing interdisciplinary engagement. The site was developed through collaboration with the Brand City project in Preston, UK. The organization works to create design solutions that aim to redevelop the city of Preston, Lancashire, through open source art, outdoor furniture design and graphic design..

Thorpe worked closely with Joe Bane on this concept and she provided typography that is found based on placement. Developers are working to apply the fundamental concept to other outdoor furniture such as bike racks, tram stops, and tree wraps. They are also working with the local council to find funding to bring products to the streets of Preston. However, the market for interesting, well-designed, storytelling outdoor furniture is versatile..

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