Street Furniture

Boston's Outgoing Mayor Spent 20 Years Putting His Name on Everything

Thomas M. Menino leaves his successor with a particular problem.

Coming Soon to a Favela Near You: A Machine That Turns Old Soda Cans Into Furniture

The Rube Goldbergian "mobile foundry" smelts aluminum cans into helpful objects for your butt.

The Quest to Design the Ultimate Public Chair for Battery Park

Should New York's newest outdoor furniture look like a pretzel, a folded-up newspaper, or Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase?

Please, Take a Load Off on Copenhagen's Free Street Hammocks

The hammocks, made from old fire hoses, also double as playground swings.

Somebody in San Francisco's Public Works Department Is Awesome

A municipal arborist whittled this damaged tree into a street chair for the neighborhood.

The Melancholy Beauty of San Francisco's Street Mattresses

"There could be rotting flesh and feces on a mattress," says photographer Amanda Durbin, "and I'd still snap a photo before I called the authorities."

A Chair That Lets You Do Your Office Job in a Park

Chairs with umbrellas and desks invite you to hang around.

An Ode to Abandoned Chairs

Have a seat.

The 'Longest Bench' in England Laughs at Your Attempts to Sit On It

A hundred bucks to anyone in England who can grind the length of this bench.

A Crosswalk You Can Roll Up and Carry Away

Urban hacker Florian Rivière makes the streets of France his playground with movable crosswalks, pigeon traps and a shopping-cart soccer field.

The Ultra-Classy Street Furniture of Rotterdam

A Dutch artist created illegal but highly luxurious street signs, a leather-padded bench and a walnut garbage can.

A Plan to Make Drivers Hate Downtown Dublin

The Irish capital aims to ensure its future is pedestrian-focused