The Dry Side

Don’t you love the days following a rainstorm? The streets seem to gleam, the air is cleaner, and people are generally in a better mood to finally see the sun again. The only thing that sucks are all those wet benches and chairs. Fortunately clever designers (the Korean design gang) came up with a simple solution. The slats on these benches can rotate to the dry side by cranking the handle.

Designer: Sungwoo Park, Yoonha Paick, Jongdeuk Son, Banseok Yoon, Eunbi Cho & Minjung Sim

180 Comments

  • This just looks like it = fun
    Wow would I have fun if I saw people sitting on this…

  • Aaron says:

    Sweet, I hate wet benches.

  • Traci says:

    or if there’s some unknown substance on the bench… great idea!

  • Joke says:

    Hmmm r u all assuming the underside of the bench will not get wet??? With the generous radius, I am damn sure the underside will be more wet than the top. All the water will flow down and gather there. At least the top is exposed to sunlight to dry. This really need better thinking! I’m suggesting to look at the profile such that water doesn’t flow down to the underside.

    • Sarah says:

      your kinda right…

      but uhm, really, it seems like you wanna show the world how much you know;; and all that isnt necessary

      dont burst any bubbles….

      • Hannah says:

        Yeah…he’s really showing off by knowing the basic principle of gravity. You know, that thing that makes the water come down on to benches in the first place?

        The underside of the bench will be less exposed to sunlight and moving air, and the water will go to the underside regardless of which way the gaps go. This idea sucks.

        That’s how you burst a bubble. At least the previous guy had a suggestion.

      • Matt says:

        Shove off, hippie. The 60’s ended a million years ago. Here in reality, we use rationale and empirical data to understand when something doesn’t work. We then stow our little egos and go back to the drawing board to make something that does. your little bubble is insignificant and your method would ensure nothing ever got done.

        As for the bench, not bad. But it is true that the underside will get wet. Perhaps you could line the inside of the wooden track with some manner of rubber, also filling in the space between to allow water to sheet off the side instead of draining into the well. You may also consider putting a simple metal sheet with small holes under the track, but above the ground so water cannot splash back up, and will drain out in the event it does get in there. (It will get in there sooner or later.)

    • Brian says:

      Sounds like he’s just being a pessimistic jackass that’s jealous he didn’t come up with the idea first ^.^

      seriously. They are designers for a reason, that’s their job, to look at all the possibilities. I’m sure the gaps in the wood prevent water from sliding down.

      • Brian says:

        Hey man hes not being a pessimistic jackass its only constructive criticism. Thats a perfectly good observation that he mad. There are cracks inside the bench that are functional, so that it can turn but their still needs to be a system that will prevent the bottom side from getting wet. Don’t get me wrong its a great idea but it still needs work and hes only putting his two cents in to help this designer further his idea. If you were a true designer you would know that a design is never finished and always needs constant intention. So in conclusion my friend you are the pessimistic jackass.

        • Rich says:

          Constructive criticism is one thing but taring down an idea down to show off unfouded facts is another. And how will the underside be more wet than the top? Did you notice the cracks are horizontal and not vertical.

          Never the less, it is useful criticism just came out as snobby.

    • sc says:

      i think downside will get wet as well.anyway,consider such a good idea for this design.

    • hey there mr muslim says:

      how bout theres a rain catcher inside the rotating bench…like a midlevel reservoir so the bottom side wont get wet ya dig?

    • hey there mr muslim says:

      how bout theres a rain catcher inside the rotating bench…like a midlevel reservoir so the bottom side wont get wet ya dig?

  • WTJ says:

    won’t the water flow to the bottom when it’s raining?

  • chetan sorab says:

    very appealing i should say.

  • Njbrideau says:

    how long would it take before somebody rolled a homeless guy off the bench?

  • timqui says:

    Has it brake? If not it´s possible to sit and roll myself down.

  • Steven says:

    Wheres the brake lever, good idea ut the underside is very likely to get wet. It can double as a treadmill for bums.

  • Kallie says:

    With this bench you can just roll off the bums in the morning.

  • Moo says:

    I can just see somebody cranking the handle to knock someone off it.

  • Daelin says:

    Cool idea. I saw something like it before, except the bench had like two “pages” of rubber seating. If one is wet, flip to the other.

    As for those concerned that the bottom will collect water: If you look closely, you’ll see the little ridges along the seat. I’m sure the water will have trouble trickling up the ridges 😉

  • hi there, where can find hi-res photo?

  • Nate says:

    Great idea. Annoying thing is that in any city I’ve ever been in, some jerk (90% likely to be a drunk or high male asswipe) is going to break the handle to impress his friends. Or smear some kind of shit on all sides of it for a hilarious joke.

  • Davey says:

    Cool idea; attractive benches!

  • Sano says:

    It’s a cool idea but this one probably doesn’t work very well because of it’s design.

  • Brady says:

    wow thats really kool.

  • carl says:

    simply would not work. after a long and heavy storm all of the bench would be wet top and bottom. Timber is a natural absorbent of water and also lets it evaporate quickly when facing the sun too. any damp timber kept from direct light will take longer to dry and will rot..!

    is there a lock or braking system that would prevent a user who sits on the bench not rotating it with their rear? if not they would slip off the bench.

    many current benches have a natural angle on them they allows rain to deviate off the surface, then dry naturally.

    i applaud the lateral thought you have employed on this, but testing a concept is essential before launching it. 9/10 there is a very very good reason why new ideas do not exist. they would not work.

    rgds,

    Carl.
    (street furniture designer)

    • Gilly says:

      Perhaps there is something inside this bench, waht catches the water and turns it out on the side?

      • Eric says:

        Agreed. Carl seems to know ‘everything’ about street furniture, yet claims he’s just as knowledgeable on a design he has only seen 2 pictures of. Can’t know everything carl sorry and you know nothing about this design besides it’s intent. The idea is great, revision and update comes next like all new designs. And why should everyone stop coming up with new ideas, how would we progess? Nobody is re-inventing stuff (like your beloved street furniture) they are developing it further, heaven forbid.

  • Ad3n says:

    I have a better idea

    Give a bum a dollar to rub himself across the wet bench!

  • hi says:

    YOU MISSPELLED “AFTER?!”

  • Dave says:

    Pretty cool.

  • JEMS says:

    我是中国人!

  • ryan says:

    If I were to illustrate a bench after rain, I would probably make the entire bench wet, not just little puddles. As is, it looks like someone had a little accident while they were waiting for a bus.

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    A very uncomfortable all the time to search for information manually.

  • faf says:

    can i rotate wth someone sitting on it ?

  • Ahmet Bektes says:

    perfect project…

  • carl says:

    cant believe this is no3 best of all time!! would like to see it made then the integrity of the product can be tested.

  • Sam, Wisconsin says:

    Nice

  • powers says:

    Bench / treadmill
    Look guys, it really wouldn’t be that tough to engineer the bench to keep the underside from getting wet. For instance, perhaps the inside drum is dished on the top. The water could easily be routed out the sides. This is actually a great idea. You know what we call you kids in design school?
    Shooterdowners.

  • jahan says:

    use for bed sheet , that is less budget needed and
    more practical,in daily philoshophy of Sesign.

  • this is great..great idea..

  • this is great..great idea..

  • Moha says:

    how can i buy this bench ?
    I’m from Egypt
    really i want to know
    please tell me

  • Moha says:

    how can i buy this bench ?
    I’m from Egypt
    really i want to know
    please tell me

    my email is
    [email protected]

  • Jeremiah says:

    I think this idea is super awesome. Very inovative. My personal ideas and solutions to some of these issues would be to ditch the crank unless it is intended to promote manual labor 😛 But, I think it would be cool if the edges of the bench weren’t as rounded. Just a little, to keep comfort, but also to eliminate a litle of that dripping idea of the water from top to bottom. Oh right, maybe instead of a cranck, it can be automated to rotate with sensors knowing when it is wet and when it isn’t raining… And to power them to rotate they could use solar panels or something within the seating? I dunno, just a thought. As for a brake so people wouldn’t roll others off if you intend to keep the crank, maybe you could make it so that there is an automatic brake when there is someone seated on the bench. Kudos on the idea though. Very nice. I’m inspired 🙂

  • Crystal says:

    Whaaat? That’s crazy! I live in Canada and if those handles and the mechanism didn’t freeze up this would be absolutely fantastic for all the snow on benches!

  • Jason says:

    Interesting idea. Can the bench rotate when people are on it? If it could, I can people abusing its purpose.

  • Karl Foxley says:

    This is excellent. The only trouble I can see is that you would have to be very selective where you put these benches as they would quickly be broken.

  • Karl Foxley says:

    This is excellent. The only trouble I can see is that you would have to be very selective where you put these benches as they would quickly be broken.

  • blogtactic says:

    clever design

  • blogtactic says:

    clever design

  • Wheee says:

    Holy crap it rains in Korea?

  • Wheee says:

    Holy crap it rains in Korea?

  • Matt says:

    Shove off, hippie. The 60’s ended a million years ago. Here in reality, we use rationale and empirical data to understand when something doesn’t work. We then stow our little egos and go back to the drawing board to make something that does. your little bubble is insignificant and your method would ensure nothing ever got done.

    As for the bench, not bad. But it is true that the underside will get wet. Perhaps you could line the inside of the wooden track with some manner of rubber, also filling in the space between to allow water to sheet off the side instead of draining into the well. You may also consider putting a simple metal sheet with small holes under the track, but above the ground so water cannot splash back up, and will drain out in the event it does get in there. (It will get in there sooner or later.)

  • norman says:

    wow! what a good idea..!

  • norman says:

    wow! what a good idea..!

  • Xurmat Xara says:

    i need this for our Garden in my hometown ….

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