Bench No. 17

The red bench was and somewhere still is an iconic item of the parks in Hungary. For many decades, these benches defined the atmosphere of the parks and through them the moods. Bench No. 17 brings this feeling back with a refreshed air. It creates a pleasant longing for something that was never gone.

Bench No. 17’s classic shape evokes memories in all of us. A memory of a summer afternoon when you forgot about time while reading a book, or of a phone number scratched on the slat, that you saw so many times you decided to call, or of the first beer with your best friend. It’s as if you’re reuniting with an old acquaintance who seems to have not changed at all, only when looking at the old photos, do you realize that they’ve become completely different, only somehow they’ve evolved together with time.

Everyone has a story connected to a bench in a park, and this experience should be a part of our lives for a long time to come. Let everyone have a red bench! One that is beautiful, comfortable and not even necessarily red!

The structure and character of Bench No. 17 are inspired by the classic Hungarian red bench. Its design is modern and due to its well-functioning seat geometry and quality materials, it also meets today’s needs in all its features. Its high performance concrete legs and the seating surface of varnished ash, thermo ash or painted pine can stand the rigors of weather and usage for a long time. Its surface is easy to clean with common cleaning agents. Its slats are installed on its legs, so the wooden seating is easy to maintain and can be transported or replaced in two parts.

When designing Bench No. 17, two important aspects were kept in mind: simplicity and careful design. It is a self-explanatory object made of slats laid on concrete legs, that is accessible to everyone. The bench can be installed really quickly by two people without the help of any machine, the parts are interchangeable and no special tools are required for assembly. The slats are fixed with precision to the finely crafted concrete elements, and the seat geometry works well with most body sizes and positions.

design: Márk Nagy-Mihály / VPI Concrete

photo: Réka Bohus, Márk Nagy-Mihály

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