The typical northern European culture of Street Furniture makes its way for new design projects of Smart cities
What if all cities were furnished with objects that combine design, social life and respect for the environment? A bench could become a chaise longue where to sit and at the same time measure the level of pollution; planters, bike racks or litter bins in lively colors could be put together in historical contexts, and also, tables and chairs encouraging interaction with friends and enjoying the outdoor air just like at the park.
For the first time at the Milano Design Week, Vestre, Norway’s historical market leader in the production of furniture for towns, parks and outdoor public spaces, presents “Nordic life in urban spaces”, an installation on stage at Opificio 31 that opens the door to a culture – still by and large limited to northern Europe – that shares design and sociability, urban regeneration and collective spaces. An innovative street furniture vision for a rebirth of contemporary cities in an ecofriendly and creative way and for the project of clever and democratic Smart Cities in which people can live and share.
The project is curated by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, from the prestigious Norwegian Architecture Studio Anderssen & Voll, which signed the most famous Vestre’s bestsellers.
Core of the installation, natural materials, wood above all, in an exhibition that focuses on multi-functionality, modularity and use of color: pieces of furniture designed to transform the urban public areas with dynamism, vitality and a strong design footprint.
All of this in the name of social inclusiveness and sustainability: Vestre’s eco-friendly attitude is reflected in the design of climate-neutral products that boast a long life: in fact they can withstand even the hardest weather conditions and come with guarantees to prove it. In a history that began more than 70 years ago, Vestre has been able to create meeting places for millions of people: from Oslo to Stockholm, from London to Paris.