This bench can be seen as a symbolic and poetic representation of the past time, in which we lived in a 1.5 meter society due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It opened up possibilities for lasting encounters with friends and family but also with strangers who can seat on the bench at the same time. It ensured that we still can meet one another - even if it is with a distance.

The bench is 2.5 meters wide, with a middle part - exactly 1.5 meters - made from polished stainless steel. The part in between is invisible due to the mirror effect. Only the left and right side of the bench are clearly visible as a seating area. The reflection creates a physical distance, but at the same time it makes the distance invisible.

Client: Buro Bordo
Concept, design: Paul&Albert
Production: Hannes Jansen 
Pictures: Julia Lefeber

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