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Bike Rack Park Bench Maximizes Outdoor Space [NY Design Week 2012]

Multipurpose furniture piece makes for the ultimate public works design.

With the renewed importance placed on urban public spaces, city planners need to increasingly rely on clever designs that cater to multiple uses while maximizing a limited amount of space. At this year’s ICFF, PSFK came across one such product that endeavored to solve this challenge: ‘The Wright Bench,’ a furniture piece that combines a park bench with a functional bike rack and seamlessly combines industrial and natural elements.

The piece was created by Eugene Duclos, a student at Appalachian State University (ASU), for the Perennial Wood Appalachian State Design Studio contest. Perennial Wood is a new kind of wood, manufactured in the US and modified to protect against rot, decay and movement, able to withstand moisture and outdoor elements.

Duclos’ outdoor bench features a wing-shaped wooden seat and back set into a wrought iron bike rack. The design serves as an homage to the inventive Wright brothers from ASU’s home state of North Carolina, whose early bicycle business contributed to their eventual soaring successes.

With such a thoughtful design at such a young age, we look forward to seeing Duclos’ career aspirations follow that of his bench’s namesakes.

Appalachian State University 

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