Wouldn’t waiting for a bus or taking a jogging break be more pleasant if you had a soft bed of grass to pet in the meantime? The Saturnia Bench from designer Phillippe Nigro features a central strip of grass and a number of protruding geometrical shapes.
The irregularly-placed shapes give passers-by a place to sit, while the grass in the middle does double duty. It brings a bit of nature to an otherwise nature-starved zone, and it provides stress relief for people who run their fingers over the soft blades while they wait.
Using concrete and grass together may seem like an odd choice – particularly for an object that is meant to reside in the “concrete jungle.” However, the industrial look of the concrete along with the softer element of growing plants brings a sense of serenity to the bench. It makes for an inviting place to take a break and enjoy a mini-escape into nature.