Spanish collaborative mmmm... have created a new street furniture installation which creates an intimate conversation environment in the center of Manhattan's busiest plaza.

Yesterday a new urban furniture installation was unveiled on the pedestrian plaza in Times Square. “Meeting Bowls” are three large semi-spherical capsules that seat up to eight people. The project is the work of Madrid-based mmmm… in partnership with the Times Square Alliance. We spoke with Eva Salmerón, one of the four members of the Spanish collaborative who described the project as an experiment to facilitate spontaneous interactions and dialogue. The Times Square location, which is framed by enormous video screens, tall buildings, and dense crowds created an opportunity to design a street furniture piece which allowed people to experience an intimate space. Each of the Bowls rest on a base which gently rocks, giving those seated a sensation of floating.

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