Friday, May 26, 2006
Can urban furniture provide long-lasting value, and ensure neighbor interaction? Jeroen Bruls and Krijn Christiaansen from design studio Himom demonstrates that it's possible, and also it can add beauty and surprise to the pedestrian. The Heklucht, conceived for an art project in Ypenburg (a newly build neighborhood in the Netherlands), is a fence/bike-lock station including an air pump in one of its supports.
'The goal of the project is to stimulate an interaction between neighbors, while pumping up the tires of their bicycles. The hurdle is made out of polished stainless steel. Because of this, it shines like a jewel on the grey pavement' In addition, we believe that the design contributes to re-enforce social sustainability by providing a valuable service to the community.Himom