Images credit Vincent Wittenberg and Guy Königstein
Deposits are a wonderful tool; I have previously suggested that It's Time for Deposits. On Everything. Dutch designers Vincent Wittenberg and Guy Königstein have carried the principle a step further, to street furniture.
After all, there is a fundamental problem with conventional street benches: they are fixed, and you may not want to sit next to the person who is there already. The designers now give you an option: stick in a coin, like you do with a shopping cart, and you can detach the chair from the fixed bench and take it away. Designboom writes:
One can initiate collaborative and participative urban processes, from which both the municipality and the residents profit, eventually creating a more interesting and vivid street.
A chair is not a shopping cart and has significantly greater utility, so I wonder if these will tend to disappear into people's houses and yards. More in Designboom
More on deposits:
Pay & Sit Park Bench Is A Libertarian Dream
It's Time for Deposits. On Everything.
Deposits on Everything in Toronto! Not.