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Street Seats and Design Museum Boston

06.12.13 / Stephen O'Connor

Design Museum Boston is a new spin on the traditional museum because they don’t have a physical space.  Their exhibits can be viewed for free, around the city.  This is true with one of their first and overwhelmingly successful design challenges called Street Seats. 

They asked the design community and the general populous to try and reimagine the outdoor bench for the up and coming Fort Point Channel neighborhood. This challenge brought over 170 entries from 23 different countries. Teams were constrained to the traditional dimensions of a park bench with a focus on sustainability while using innovative materials and construction methods.

I attended the opening party at Red Thread with Becky Boyer (also from ARC.) Many of the designers were there along with scaled models of each bench. It was fascinating to see so many different submissions and learn about each of their specific concepts and goals. 

I urge all of you to check these benches out.  The semi-finalist full scale models are currently on display along both sides of Fort Point Channel.  You can also get a guided tour on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month.

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