Sharp-Edged Seat: Custom Bench for LA’s Concrete Jungle


Designed and built for a Los Angeles exhibition, this bench was made with harsh, bare and inhospitable urban environments in mind. Acute-angled edges and corners are not sharpened to slice the sitter, but are sufficiently honed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The seating portion itself is crafted from reclaimed Douglas Fir, linked to a precast concrete base and side planter via steel fasteners.

Created by Blafu, their builder-side take reads as a somewhat disjointed narrative – fitting, perhaps, for such a strange, bold and offbeat bench: “For us, an exploration into a particular idea: the bridging and subsequent union of the hard and soft works … “


“An idea of high craft and geometrical intersection, reclaimed materials tailored to new, the concrete jungle and green space…. and an orange grove, …simply because you should. Construct facets and live well.”

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