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 2 years ago

just amazing

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#2 Bench In Kiev, Ukraine

Bench In Kiev, Ukraine

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Jonathan Eatsalot 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

Creative~~~

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#6 Creative Park Bench, Massachusetts

Creative Park Bench, Massachusetts

Sheila Kennedy Report

Inurri 2 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 2 years ago

Claustrophobic! Yet nice.

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#8 Whale Tail Bench

Whale Tail Bench

santa barbarian Report

Jen Wold 2 years ago

I know that bench!

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#9 Typewriter Bench

Typewriter Bench

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Luis Milian 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

cute, but looks uncomfortable

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#15 Musical Bench

Musical Bench

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Daria B 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

"This chair is hard as a rock!"

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#20 Creative Bench

Creative Bench

multipanel.com Report

Junebug 2 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. 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

Awesome !

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#24 Lungo Mare Bench

Lungo Mare Bench

escofet.com Report

over opinionated 2 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. 2 years ago

Very pretty!!

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#26 Book Bench In Paris

Book Bench In Paris

petit mouvement Report

Thi Bu 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

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

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#35 Creative Bench

Creative Bench

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Dessira Buchholz 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

Confusing, but I like it

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#39 Diy Urban Bench

Diy Urban Bench

radarq Report

Arty 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

Physiotherapeutic bench :-)

#55 Bench Go Round, San Francisco

Bench Go Round, San Francisco

George Zisiadis Report

frank0ys 2 years ago

...This looks fun!

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#56 Swirling Bench

Swirling Bench

malikgallery.com Report

BHAKTI BROPHY 2 years ago

This design... sheer elegance!

#57 Nest Bench

Nest Bench

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Laura Ingles. 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

inside outside inside outside

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#60 Unique Public Bench

Unique Public Bench

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Emily Rose 2 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 2 years ago

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

#63 Claude Ponti Bench, Nantes, France

Claude Ponti Bench, Nantes, France

chouetteweekend.com Report

atiQah 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

thumbs up if you got this far!!

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#66 Bench In London

Bench In London

leonorejg Report

Laura Ingles. 2 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 2 years ago

Portable by who?

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#68 Montenegro - City Kotor

Montenegro - City Kotor

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Jace 2 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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago

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

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#72 Debrecen

Debrecen

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hawkeyefan iowa 2 years ago

L❤VE IT!

#73 X- Shaped Loungers In Times Square, Nyc

X- Shaped Loungers In Times Square, Nyc

inhabitat.com Report

Jace 2 years ago

"Previous image" ??

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#74 Water Bench Collects And Stores Rainwater

Water Bench Collects And Stores Rainwater

MARS Report

Arty 2 years ago

and is not wet?

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#75 Bench Of Plates By Al_a

Bench Of Plates By Al_a

Established & Sons Report

#76 Creative Wood Benches

Creative Wood Benches

Adler & Olesch Report

#77 Klaipeda

Klaipeda

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frank0ys 2 years ago

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...That girl statue looks scary! To those who were able to get this far, an upvote please? :)

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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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#80 Modified Social Benches In Ny

Modified Social Benches In Ny

Jeppe Hein Report

Emily Rose 2 years ago

But why though?

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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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Mimi Marcus 2 years ago

"Come sit on my lap!"

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#82 London Bench

London Bench