We tend to not think about the everyday items – like the newpaper box or the garbage can or city bench – but these were designed just as much as you favourite pair of jeans. On Monday the city unveiled the new look for the city furniture. They were designed by Kramer Design Associates (see their website they do some cool stuff http://www.kramer-design.com/) in conjunction with Astral Media.
The new design for the street furniture is part of the Clean and Beautiful City Initiative, which will help to revitialize public space and give the city a spiffy new feel. Not to mention that some of the “old furniture” is yucky. We should see some of the new items around town over the summer and the next 20 years. I like the long term thinking. The installation of the furniture will be done in a way that increases functionality and accessibillity.
What is kind of cool about the furniture is that it is part industrial design, part graphic design, part urban design / city planning and part advertising. The more that I look around the more that it seems that design is becoming interdisciplinary – knowing one field of design is great, but knowing two or three is better.
For more info go to: http://www.toronto.ca/involved/projects/streetfurniture/index.htm