While it is utterly pragmatic there is something quite elegant about this simple wooden bench design. The ordinary bench shape is transected by an angular element with a wheel, of all things, attached to the end.
On the one hand, this looks like more of an afterthought than a design element. On the other hand, it adds visual complexity and functionality to what is otherwise a rather simplistic bench form.
Whether or not the aesthetic is up your alley, you have to admit this would be a useful invention for enabling individuals to move benches without assistance – only one person is required to place this dynamic seat in a new location.
From the designer Rogier Martens’ website:
“About the ‘Wheelbench’
A mobile bench, made of oak wood with a built-in wheelbarrow wheel. The surprising combination of familiar elements strengthens the active outdoor feel of the bench.
Rogier Martens about the Wheelbench: “Moving a bench with two people has always been a chore… This is a bench you can easily manoeuvre into position. The eye-catching wheel is an invitation to find the best spot. An invitation to be active, to create your world the way you want it, time and time again.
Product title: Wheelbench
Design: Rogier Martens
Size: 160 x 45 x 45 CM
Material: Oak wood with a built-in wheelbarrow wheel.”
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