Studio Segers H-bench wins a nomination for the Henry van de Velde Awards 2017

07-09-2017

They don’t just give out Henry van de Velde Awards 2017 nominations to any old product, project, or service.
This spring, Flanders DC launched a call for all designers, companies, public authorities, and organisations. The terms: it must be a design project with a Flemish link that was not on the market before April 2016. Over 180 designers and players in the design world seized on this opportunity and submitted their creations.

The international jury selected each category’s winner on 6 September. The iconic H-bench designed by Studio Segers for ECO-oh! has won a nomination in the Ecodesign category.

High-quality public spaces

Public spaces are areas where people can get together, where they can exchange ideas, experiences, etc., and which support the quality of life. They play a key role in urban life. The design quality of these spaces not only contributes to the city’s liveability, but also defines how attractive it is.

Public spaces support the complexity of the urban fabric and are increasingly bearing more of the weight of public life.
The synergy between nature, culture, fauna, flora, and the human lifestyle must be encouraged.
A well-designed public space that functions at a high-quality level is the driver of a city’s or town’s social life.

The H-bench finds its way to squares, stations, public domains, schools, and fabulous spots all around the city. Relaxation, meeting new people, and communicating is of paramount importance to a healthy society. The H-bench seating concept is the ecologically responsible ‘glue’ binding this social interaction.

From yoghurt container to sustainable seating concept

The H-bench is manufactured using polyolefins, which are extracted from recycled household plastic waste (yoghurt cups, butter tubs, plastic bags, etc.) and can be completely recycled again.

Plastic waste is first broken down into pellets and is then processed into stable building blocks using injection technology to create a seating landscape. The material is durable, colourfast, weather and wind-resistant, does not splinter, is low maintenance, and available in various colours, including dark grey (black), medium grey, light grey, pastel green, pastel blue, and beige.

The H-bench has an iconic design and brings functionality, ergonomics, seating comfort, ecology, and economics together in a flexible, modular seating system.
The concept consists of two elements, with or without a backrest. The elements can be connected to each other at three or four places using a simple connector system.

You can combine these two seating modules in infinite arrangements. The bench can be easily affixed to the ground using bolts. The backs can also be mounted across from each other, so that people can sit both next to each other and across from one another. These combination possibilities not only promote seating comfort, but also makes it fun and easy to talk with each other.

The H-bench’s modular flexibility gives every landscape architect or urban engineer the inspiration to create aesthetic settings in one or more colours as the context (environment and target group) requires.

Pure ecology in public spaces

Sorting household residual plastics must become a habit for all citizens. Two million Belgians are already sorting no less than 16,000 tonnes of residual plastics, via either the recycling park or door-to-door collection (e.g. the pink bags). By recycling this household plastic waste in the most ecological way into valuable raw materials, we reduce the waste mountain and offer a sustainable alternative to incineration.

Street furniture made entirely from recycled materials is good for the environment and encourages citizens to better sort their household plastics. It is important that every citizen can see that useful products can be made using waste that has been collected thanks to their ecologically responsible sorting efforts.

People will come to understand that our own waste can be used to create high-quality seating. That waste can have an added value for our lives, both inside and outside the home.


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