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!

#2

Bench In Kiev, Ukraine

Bench In Kiev, Ukraine

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#3

Paprocany Lake Shore Redevelopment

Paprocany Lake Shore Redevelopment

Tomasz Zakrzewski Report

#4

Rotating Bench Keeps The Seat Dry After Rain

Rotating Bench Keeps The Seat Dry After Rain

Yanko design Report

#5

The Blue Carpet In Newcastle, England

The Blue Carpet In Newcastle, England

Anton Deque , Steve Report

#6

Creative Park Bench, Massachusetts

Creative Park Bench, Massachusetts

Sheila Kennedy Report

#7

Bench By Alleswirdgut Architektur, Luxembourg

Bench By Alleswirdgut Architektur, Luxembourg

AllesWirdGut Architektur Report

#10

Bench Out Of Pencils In Kiev, Ukraine

Bench Out Of Pencils In Kiev, Ukraine

Sveta BSveta Report

#11

Off-ground, Copenhagen, Denmark

Off-ground, Copenhagen, Denmark

http://cargocollective.com/ Report

#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
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

#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

frank0ys
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

...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
6 years ago Created 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

over opinionated
Community Member
6 years ago Created 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

#20

Creative Bench

Creative Bench

multipanel.com Report

#21

Kansas City Public Library Stairs

Kansas City Public Library Stairs

John Report

Cuzy123
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ha! Only just realized what that was!

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#22

Soft Bench By Lucile Soufflet

Soft Bench By Lucile Soufflet

Lucile Soufflet Report

Hans
Community Member
6 years ago Created 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

#24

Lungo Mare Bench

Lungo Mare Bench

escofet.com Report

#25

Double Doily, New York, Ny

Double Doily, New York, Ny

Jennifer Cecere Report

#26

Book Bench In Paris

Book Bench In Paris

petit mouvement Report

#27

Benches With Big Hats, Marseille, France

Benches With Big Hats, Marseille, France

Victor Vieillard Report

Evisa Isabella Rose
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

:''''''''''''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
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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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
6 years ago Created 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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#34

Funny City Bench, Bangkok

Funny City Bench, Bangkok

AFP Report

#35

Creative Bench

Creative Bench

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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
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

*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

#40

Lightwave, A Sculptural Bench In Ithaca, NY

Lightwave, A Sculptural Bench In Ithaca, NY

After Architecture Report

JEFF THE KILLER
Community Member
6 years ago Created 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

#41

Creative Public Bench

Creative Public Bench

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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
6 years ago Created 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

Little letitia
Community Member
5 years ago Created 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

Kazzywazzy
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#48

Modern Bamboo Bench In New York

Modern Bamboo Bench In New York

Elena Goray Report

#49

Benches In Jean Baptiste Lebas Park, Lille, France

Benches In Jean Baptiste Lebas Park, Lille, France

west8 Report

Heather Cox
Community Member
6 years ago Created 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

Dats A Gator
Community Member
6 years ago Created 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

Little letitia
Community Member
5 years ago Created 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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#53

Social Bench

Social Bench

Jeppe Hein Report

#54

Unire/Unite In Rome, Italy

Unire/Unite In Rome, Italy

Urban Movement Design Report

#55

Bench Go Round, San Francisco

Bench Go Round, San Francisco

George Zisiadis Report

#56

Swirling Bench

Swirling Bench

malikgallery.com Report

#57

Nest Bench

Nest Bench

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#58

Piano Bench In Andrassy Ave, Budapest

Piano Bench In Andrassy Ave, Budapest

Karen Bryan Report

Robert Herczeg
Community Member
6 years ago Created 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