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!

#1

Park In Vöcklabruck, Austria

Park In Vöcklabruck, Austria

Roland Barthofer Report

Luis Milian
Community Member
3 years ago

just amazing

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#2

Bench In Kiev, Ukraine

Bench In Kiev, Ukraine

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Jonathan Eatsalot
Community Member
3 years ago

the hands should be up as back rests

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#3

Paprocany Lake Shore Redevelopment

Paprocany Lake Shore Redevelopment

Tomasz Zakrzewski Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks so comfy and relaxing~~~

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#4

Rotating Bench Keeps The Seat Dry After Rain

Rotating Bench Keeps The Seat Dry After Rain

Yanko design Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Simple and brilliant!

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#5

The Blue Carpet In Newcastle, England

The Blue Carpet In Newcastle, England

Anton Deque , Steve Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Creative~~~

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#6

Creative Park Bench, Massachusetts

Creative Park Bench, Massachusetts

Sheila Kennedy Report

Inurri
Community Member
3 years ago

Is that a solar panel?

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#7

Bench By Alleswirdgut Architektur, Luxembourg

Bench By Alleswirdgut Architektur, Luxembourg

AllesWirdGut Architektur Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

Claustrophobic! Yet nice.

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#8

Whale Tail Bench

Whale Tail Bench

santa barbarian Report

Jen Wold
Community Member
3 years ago

I know that bench!

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#9

Typewriter Bench

Typewriter Bench

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Luis Milian
Community Member
3 years ago

no space bar?

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#10

Bench Out Of Pencils In Kiev, Ukraine

Bench Out Of Pencils In Kiev, Ukraine

Sveta BSveta Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Yes! Add colours to the cities!!!

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#11

Off-ground, Copenhagen, Denmark

Off-ground, Copenhagen, Denmark

http://cargocollective.com/ Report

over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

What a great place to hang out.

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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

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

How would a city look if all the benches were fairytale-like as this one? <3

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#13

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

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

Taylor Cullity Lethlean Report

over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

They look like there almost floating.

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#14

Seats In The Shape Of A Tulip By Tulpi Design

Seats In The Shape Of A Tulip By Tulpi Design

TulpiDesign Report

Katinka Min
Community Member
3 years ago

cute, but looks uncomfortable

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#15

Musical Bench

Musical Bench

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Daria B
Community Member
3 years ago

Now my farts will sound like music! ♥

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#16

El Poeta Bench By Alfredo Häberli

El Poeta Bench By Alfredo Häberli

bdbarcelona.com Report

frank0ys
Community Member
3 years ago

...A dual-purpose bench. Great idea!

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#17

Bus Stop Bench

Bus Stop Bench

escapekit.ca Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

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

over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

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

Anna Brandigi
Community Member
3 years ago

"This chair is hard as a rock!"

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#20

Creative Bench

Creative Bench

multipanel.com Report

Junebug
Community Member
3 years ago

It's a hobbit bench!

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#21

Kansas City Public Library Stairs

Kansas City Public Library Stairs

John Report

Laura Ingles.
Community Member
3 years ago

This is brilliant!!! Love it and should be in the top 5 on this list!!

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#22

Soft Bench By Lucile Soufflet

Soft Bench By Lucile Soufflet

Lucile Soufflet Report

Hans
Community Member
3 years ago

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

Carol Rupp
Community Member
3 years ago

Awesome !

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#24

Lungo Mare Bench

Lungo Mare Bench

escofet.com Report

over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

it looks like a blanket suspended in time.

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#25

Double Doily, New York, Ny

Double Doily, New York, Ny

Jennifer Cecere Report

Laura Ingles.
Community Member
3 years ago

Very pretty!!

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#26

Book Bench In Paris

Book Bench In Paris

petit mouvement Report

Thi Bu
Community Member
3 years ago

Where could i find this bench?

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#27

Benches With Big Hats, Marseille, France

Benches With Big Hats, Marseille, France

Victor Vieillard Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

:''''''''''''D So funny but perfect for some shadow on the hot days!

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#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

Jessica Bertram
Community Member
3 years ago

They really do look like red blood cells, don't they?

#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

over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd probably get in trouble but I'd have to jump my bike off one.

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#30

Tree Bench Of Tree Bench, Seattle, Usa

Tree Bench Of Tree Bench, Seattle, Usa

Paul Sorey Report

Isa
Community Member
3 years ago

I live in Seattle! I've seen and sat on this bench!

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#31

Robot Bench In Enschede, Netherlands

Robot Bench In Enschede, Netherlands

Boris Tellegen aka Delta Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Plot twist: It's not a bench! It's just a robot resting on the ground! ;-)

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#32

Creative Benches In New York

Creative Benches In New York

Interboro Partners Report

Maggie Grover Bacher
Community Member
3 years ago

do they turn? that's cool!

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#33

Letter Bench, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England

Letter Bench, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England

boex.co.uk Report

over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#34

Funny City Bench, Bangkok

Funny City Bench, Bangkok

AFP Report

over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

Aaah!! It's a land shark!!!

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#35

Creative Bench

Creative Bench

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Dessira Buchholz
Community Member
3 years ago

I'd be so scared it'd fall on me

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#36

Bench On Acid

Bench On Acid

ForScale Report

Anna Brandigi
Community Member
3 years ago

Excellent caption

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#37

Benches In Riva Promenade Of Croatian City Split

Benches In Riva Promenade Of Croatian City Split

3LHD Architects Report

Jim Phoenix
Community Member
3 years ago

*Filler text I don't know what I'm trying to say

#38

Garabatos, Series Of Benches By Pablo Reinoso

Garabatos, Series Of Benches By Pablo Reinoso

Pablo Reinoso Report

Anna Brandigi
Community Member
3 years ago

Confusing, but I like it

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#39

Diy Urban Bench

Diy Urban Bench

radarq Report

Arty
Community Member
3 years ago

"DIY" really?

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#40

Lightwave, A Sculptural Bench In Ithaca, NY

Lightwave, A Sculptural Bench In Ithaca, NY

After Architecture Report

JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
3 years ago

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

#41

Creative Public Bench

Creative Public Bench

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over opinionated
Community Member
3 years ago

How do you mow a bench?

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#42

Circular Bench Bruxelles

Circular Bench Bruxelles

LUCILE SOUFFLET Report

Sam Sam MacMurray
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a bunch of trolleys

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#43

The Wave In Chicago, IL

The Wave In Chicago, IL

dSPACE Studio Report

#44

Buttmunches, San Francisco Ferry Plaza, CA

Buttmunches, San Francisco Ferry Plaza, CA

Lorna and Jill Watt Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

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

Little letitia
Community Member
3 years ago

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

Kazzywazzy
Community Member
3 years ago

It's all fun and games until you parachute onto one!!!

#47

The Tree Bench In The Netherlands

The Tree Bench In The Netherlands

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Karolina Strunkinaitė
Community Member
3 years ago

The child looks like a doll to me. Or is it really a doll?

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#48

Modern Bamboo Bench In New York

Modern Bamboo Bench In New York

Elena Goray Report

Hetal Vyas
Community Member
3 years ago

Does it rock too!!

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#49

Benches In Jean Baptiste Lebas Park, Lille, France

Benches In Jean Baptiste Lebas Park, Lille, France

west8 Report

Heather Cox
Community Member
3 years ago

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

Dats A Gator
Community Member
3 years ago

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

ElinaTheAwesome
Community Member
3 years ago

His last name is a mouthful :)

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#52

Swan Bench In Amsterdam

Swan Bench In Amsterdam

Chuck Holton Report

Little letitia
Community Member
3 years ago

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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#53

Social Bench

Social Bench

Jeppe Hein Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

Could be used as ''Antisocial bench'' as well... ;-P

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#54

Unire/Unite In Rome, Italy

Unire/Unite In Rome, Italy

Urban Movement Design Report

Ronja Rövardotter
Community Member
3 years ago

Physiotherapeutic bench :-)

#55

Bench Go Round, San Francisco

Bench Go Round, San Francisco

George Zisiadis Report

frank0ys
Community Member
3 years ago

...This looks fun!

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#56

Swirling Bench

Swirling Bench

malikgallery.com Report

BHAKTI BROPHY
Community Member
3 years ago

This design... sheer elegance!

#57

Nest Bench

Nest Bench

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Laura Ingles.
Community Member
3 years ago

It looks like a crown of thorns....

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#58

Piano Bench In Andrassy Ave, Budapest

Piano Bench In Andrassy Ave, Budapest

Karen Bryan Report

Robert Herczeg
Community Member
3 years ago

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

JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
3 years ago

inside outside inside outside

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#60

Unique Public Bench

Unique Public Bench

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Emily Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

HE TOUCHED THE BUTT

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#61

Sustainable Wooden Bench In United Kingdom

Sustainable Wooden Bench In United Kingdom

PHILIP KOOMEN Report

Little letitia
Community Member
3 years ago

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

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#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

#63

Claude Ponti Bench, Nantes, France

Claude Ponti Bench, Nantes, France

chouetteweekend.com Report

atiQah
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh?

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#64

Steora - Solar Smart Bench With Phone Charger And Internet

Steora - Solar Smart Bench With Phone Charger And Internet

steora.com Report

Laura Suchorzewski
Community Member
3 years ago

Yassss

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#65

Flexible Seating By Izabela Bołoz, Gdynia, Poland

Flexible Seating By Izabela Bołoz, Gdynia, Poland

Izabela Bołoz Report

Emily Rose
Community Member
3 years ago

thumbs up if you got this far!!

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#66

Bench In London

Bench In London

leonorejg Report

Laura Ingles.
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks a bit low to sit on.... It's like sitting in the floor!

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#67

Portable Bench In London

Portable Bench In London

wmbstudio.co.uk Report

Mich Chen
Community Member
3 years ago

Portable by who?

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#68

Montenegro - City Kotor

Montenegro - City Kotor

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Jace
Community Member
3 years ago

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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JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
3 years ago

its me trying to pick up weights

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#70

National Taiwan University Hospital Station,taipei,taiwan

National Taiwan University Hospital Station,taipei,taiwan

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dsouzk1
Community Member
3 years ago

HE TOUCHED THE BUTT

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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

frank0ys
Community Member
3 years ago

...This doesn't seem comfortable nor sustainable.

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#72

Debrecen

Debrecen

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hawkeyefan iowa
Community Member
3 years ago

L❤VE IT!

#73

X- Shaped Loungers In Times Square, Nyc

X- Shaped Loungers In Times Square, Nyc