Your public, personal space


Here’s how technology has changed lives. The public seating design by Shoeb Khan indicates the change in behavior of people over the past 20 years. While most people would go to parks without phones on them, back in the day, they would sit at benches, interacting with one another. The advent of tech has changed that, with people now carrying smartphones everywhere and being more self involved, wanting their own private space even in a public area.

The public seating design allows for two people to sit one beside another but still gives them their personal space. Visitors can sit either facing outwards, using the bench behind them as a backrest, or sit facing inwards, giving them a table of sorts to keep their paraphernalia. The design comprises one single bench module mirrored in two. Made out of concrete, the seating is cost-effective and durable, but it has the ability to easily adapt itself to different materials. It could be made out of plastic, wood, or even sheet metal for use in indoor public spaces like libraries!

Designer: Shoeb Khan