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Many things shape the face of a city: buildings, bridges, parks, sculptures... even benches! That's right, this simple form of public furniture can also add more emotion to a particular site.

Bored Panda created this list of unusual bench designs to illustrate that creativity can transform busy streets into cozy communal living rooms. Whether you're grabbing a quick lunch, or waiting for your date, these benches will definitely brighten your day!

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    Rotating Bench Keeps The Seat Dry After Rain

    Rotating Bench Keeps The Seat Dry After Rain

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    Bench By Alleswirdgut Architektur, Luxembourg

    Bench By Alleswirdgut Architektur, Luxembourg

    AllesWirdGut Architektur Report

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    #12

    The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Book Bench, London

    The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe Book Bench, London

    hiddeninabook Report

    #13

    Custom Curve Seats, Cadigal Green, University Of Sydney, Australia

    Custom Curve Seats, Cadigal Green, University Of Sydney, Australia

    Taylor Cullity Lethlean Report

    #14

    Seats In The Shape Of A Tulip By Tulpi Design

    Seats In The Shape Of A Tulip By Tulpi Design

    TulpiDesign Report

    #15

    Musical Bench

    Musical Bench

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    #16

    El Poeta Bench By Alfredo Häberli

    El Poeta Bench By Alfredo Häberli

    bdbarcelona.com Report

    #17

    Bus Stop Bench

    Bus Stop Bench

    escapekit.ca Report

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    Evisa Isabella Rose
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I would climb to the first ''hole'' of the letter B! Would probably miss the bus tho... ;-)

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    #18

    Swinging Bench By Neulhae Cho

    Swinging Bench By Neulhae Cho

    Neulhae Cho Report

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    That looks so fun! It gives you an excuse to be a kid again... even for a minute.

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    #19

    888 Brannan Office Building In San Francisco

    888 Brannan Office Building In San Francisco

    Joe Fletcher Report

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    #21

    Kansas City Public Library Stairs

    Kansas City Public Library Stairs

    John Report

    #22

    Soft Bench By Lucile Soufflet

    Soft Bench By Lucile Soufflet

    Lucile Soufflet Report

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    Hans
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Hm...if there are several people they will slide and meet in the center...

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    #23

    Glassconcrete Bench By Zoltan Bencze & Szovetseg'39, Pecs, Hungary

    Glassconcrete Bench By Zoltan Bencze & Szovetseg'39, Pecs, Hungary

    ivankaconcrete.com Report

    #27

    Benches With Big Hats, Marseille, France

    Benches With Big Hats, Marseille, France

    Victor Vieillard Report

    #28

    The State Of The Pulse At Rest, International Garden Show Hamburg

    The State Of The Pulse At Rest, International Garden Show Hamburg

    terramanus.de Report

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    #29

    Benches In Exhibition At The Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri

    Benches In Exhibition At The Sheldon Art Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri

    Melissa Kaseman Report

    #30

    Tree Bench Of Tree Bench, Seattle, Usa

    Tree Bench Of Tree Bench, Seattle, Usa

    Paul Sorey Report

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    #31

    Robot Bench In Enschede, Netherlands

    Robot Bench In Enschede, Netherlands

    Boris Tellegen aka Delta Report

    #33

    Letter Bench, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England

    Letter Bench, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England

    boex.co.uk Report

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    over opinionated
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I wish i could have seen all the words I'd have liked to have read the whole thing

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    #37

    Benches In Riva Promenade Of Croatian City Split

    Benches In Riva Promenade Of Croatian City Split

    3LHD Architects Report

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    #38

    Garabatos, Series Of Benches By Pablo Reinoso

    Garabatos, Series Of Benches By Pablo Reinoso

    Pablo Reinoso Report

    #40

    Lightwave, A Sculptural Bench In Ithaca, NY

    Lightwave, A Sculptural Bench In Ithaca, NY

    After Architecture Report

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    When dont have a jacket but u find a random bench that gives you heat...... sweet relief

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    #43

    The Wave In Chicago, IL

    The Wave In Chicago, IL

    dSPACE Studio Report

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    #44

    Buttmunches, San Francisco Ferry Plaza, CA

    Buttmunches, San Francisco Ferry Plaza, CA

    Lorna and Jill Watt Report

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    Evisa Isabella Rose
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Look at the difference between the first bench, standing there all miserable and gray. Αnd the little monster ones, standing out all happy and colourful!!! ;-)

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    #45

    Sail Benches, Vercheres, Canada

    Sail Benches, Vercheres, Canada

    Les Ateliers Guyon Report

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    Little letitia
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Again, lovely as they are seems like an excessive use of precious trees!

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    #46

    Mountain Inspired Benches

    Mountain Inspired Benches

    Elodie Stephan Report

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    #47

    The Tree Bench In The Netherlands

    The Tree Bench In The Netherlands

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    #49

    Benches In Jean Baptiste Lebas Park, Lille, France

    Benches In Jean Baptiste Lebas Park, Lille, France

    west8 Report

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    Heather Cox
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I could see myself getting up and banging my head on the bars.

    #50

    Light Bench In Barcelona

    Light Bench In Barcelona

    july.arch91 Report

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    Dats A Gator
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Please tell me I'm not the only one that for some reason can only focus on the fries

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    #51

    Space Inbetween By Worapong Manupipatpong

    Space Inbetween By Worapong Manupipatpong

    Worapong Manupipatpong Report

    #52

    Swan Bench In Amsterdam

    Swan Bench In Amsterdam

    Chuck Holton Report

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    Little letitia
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Very rustic and almost antique looking, adds to the beauty of what the want to be an aged, weathered piece of art.

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    #54

    Unire/Unite In Rome, Italy

    Unire/Unite In Rome, Italy

    Urban Movement Design Report

    #56

    Swirling Bench

    Swirling Bench

    malikgallery.com Report

    #58

    Piano Bench In Andrassy Ave, Budapest

    Piano Bench In Andrassy Ave, Budapest

    Karen Bryan Report

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    Robert Herczeg
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    while I've sat on this bench personally, and I agree that it is nice, that it's not the same as all the others, but really it's just a regular bench that was painted when the museum moved there. Not particularly creative.

    #59

    Concrete Bench At New York Botanical Garden‎, Bronx

    Concrete Bench At New York Botanical Garden‎, Bronx

    Francis Jonckheere Report

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    #61

    Sustainable Wooden Bench In United Kingdom

    Sustainable Wooden Bench In United Kingdom

    PHILIP KOOMEN Report

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    Little letitia
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Ohhh I'd love to visit, where is this in the UK does anyone know?

    #62

    Onsite Benches By Sebastien Wierinck, Berlin, Germany And Paris, France

    Onsite Benches By Sebastien Wierinck, Berlin, Germany And Paris, France

    Frank Seehausen , Sebastien Normand Report

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    #65

    Flexible Seating By Izabela Bołoz, Gdynia, Poland

    Flexible Seating By Izabela Bołoz, Gdynia, Poland

    Izabela Bołoz Report

    #68

    Montenegro - City Kotor

    Montenegro - City Kotor

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    Jace
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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    This giant bench is usable, unlike the one in France, a few images up. I love photos of people on gaint furniture. It totally messes with the ability to judge scale.

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    #69

    Walking Down The Street In Seoul - South Korea

    Walking Down The Street In Seoul - South Korea

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    #70

    National Taiwan University Hospital Station,taipei,taiwan

    National Taiwan University Hospital Station,taipei,taiwan

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    #71

    The Wanderest - A Seat That Attaches To Existing Circular Or Octagonal Lamp Posts

    The Wanderest - A Seat That Attaches To Existing Circular Or Octagonal Lamp Posts

    Nichola Trudgen Report

    #72

    Debrecen

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    #73

    X- Shaped Loungers In Times Square, Nyc

    X- Shaped Loungers In Times Square, Nyc

    inhabitat.com Report

    #74

    Water Bench Collects And Stores Rainwater

    Water Bench Collects And Stores Rainwater

    MARS Report

    #75

    Bench Of Plates By Al_a

    Bench Of Plates By Al_a

    Established & Sons Report

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    #76

    Creative Wood Benches

    Creative Wood Benches

    Adler & Olesch Report

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    #78

    Beer Bottle Bench, Qingdao, China

    Beer Bottle Bench, Qingdao, China

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    #79

    Salt Lake City, Utah Bench Created By Richard Johnston

    Salt Lake City, Utah Bench Created By Richard Johnston

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    #81

    On A Lap - Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2003 Henk Visch)

    On A Lap - Amersfoort, The Netherlands (2003 Henk Visch)

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    #82

    London Bench

    London Bench

    Alan Stanton Report

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Umm... These seem downright painful if you miss the "seat". Doesn't look like very inspired design to me.

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    #83

    Red Rock Bench, Calgary Canada

    Red Rock Bench, Calgary Canada

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    #84

    Love Bench, Moldova Chisinau

    Love Bench, Moldova Chisinau

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    #85

    Bicycle Bench - Dublin (ireland)

    Bicycle Bench - Dublin (ireland)

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    #86

    Shark Girl Bench, Canalside, New York

    Shark Girl Bench, Canalside, New York

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    #87

    The Sitting Stone, Šiauliai, Lithuania

    The Sitting Stone, Šiauliai, Lithuania

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    #89

    Cool Bench In Salt Lake City, Usa By The Artist Richard Johnston

    Cool Bench In Salt Lake City, Usa By The Artist Richard Johnston

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    #90

    Corniche Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

    Corniche Beach, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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    7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    Takes some efford to get in and out 😅 looks comfy though

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    #91

    Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Wellington Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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    Gale Tytlandsvik
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    7 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

    I love weird, but for some reason the simplicity of this is probably my fav! Like sitting at the kitchen table, ready for a good visit!

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