Public space is a funny thing. People mostly seem to be avoiding each other or trying to make some form of meaningful contact… often, paradoxically, at the same time. The park bench is a perfect example of this — one person sits down and for the most part, that is now their bench. But what if benches were loads of fun to be around and on? Enter the amusing, interactive seating of Jeppe Hein.

Hein’s whimsical and sometime impractical benches blur the boundary between art and functional design, providing surfaces that are bent, folded, chopped and even very highly placed.