In 2012, Boston Design Museum launched the “Street Seats Design Challenge”, inviting designers to create a street bench combining sustainability, functionality and innovation. Our design, ‘Ola Bench’, was inspired by the aquatic environment at Fort Point and was selected as one of the 20 semi-finalists.
We wanted to create natural movement from a solid material, so we calculated each curve individually and bent the steel sheet into place, while at the same time ensuring that this product can be produced on an industrial scale. The Ola bench was displayed in an open-air design exhibition in Boston in 2013. Watch the video on the whole design and manufacture process here.
In 2014, this product won a Silver A’ Design Award in Milan, Italy, a prize awarded to products which have achieved an excellent level of perfection in design. Read more: A' Design Award Neko