What trends are we seeing in street furniture?

2019-03-21

The renovation of public spaces is becoming increasingly important.
Every square, every street, every park must help create a pleasant and friendly urban environment.
We should also add that there is now a real desire to reinvest in city centres, to pedestrianise more areas, to promote cycling, etc. All this requires undertaking comprehensive renovations of urban spaces based on a positive principle: friendliness.

Let’s take a look at the new trends in street furniture.

Innovative designs


Street furniture plays a key role in shaping the image and opinion we have of a city or village.

Residents or visitors of a city enjoy being able to walk through spaces that are clean, inviting, and safe to travel through. Street furniture therefore plays a key role in meeting all these requirements.

In addition, users particularly enjoy high-quality street furniture: it must be robust and in good condition in order to convey a positive image.

This street furniture must be well distributed in cities and completely blend in with the environment. The design is therefore increasingly important to offer street furniture with harmonious lines that can be permanently integrated in the environment.

Changing use


The very use of street furniture is becoming increasingly diverse.
The primary function must always be taken into account. But increasingly, street furniture will have additional functions for users.

Let’s look at the example of the piece of furniture typically used for waiting and resting: the bench.
Benches are obviously designed to allow users to take a break, rest, wait, watch, or simply meet other people.
But a sports function can also be added to this sociable space. With the practice of “street sports”, benches can also be used to keep fit.
Jumping, stretching, balancing, building muscles, or relaxing, public benches can be fully integrated in a wide range of sporting practices.

It is therefore essential to imagine all the uses street furniture will have, to design street furniture that is suited to the needs of all potential users.

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Adapted design


This encourages us to regularly innovate in the creation of our products. Our Trypode bench, or the roto-moulded Swingbench (Ellipson range), is a great example of this.

In addition to being robust and comfortable, these benches offer a new approach to more design-focused street seating, suitable for a variety of uses. This creates street furniture that is not only original, but piques citizens’ curiosity. It even becomes a new and colourful experience.

The same goes for flower decorations and cleanliness.
Flower boxes are designed to help improve the living space, while perfectly fitting in with the environment. They must also be designed to respect plant physiology and facilitate the work of maintenance staff.

Bins must be elegant, robust, and discretely and harmoniously blend in with the environment, while withstanding heavy use and harsh weather conditions. They meet very varied functional criteria.

Protection barriers also follow these design and development trends. They protect pedestrians, direct traffic, secure school exits, etc., and form an integral part of the overall architecture of a city. For example, Husson International offers models in a variety of styles and shapes, with a move towards more contemporary and design-focused products.

In the future, social connections in cities and villages will be built around street furniture. Street furniture also greatly contributes to the well-being of citizens in a city. Trends are changing and developing to offer decision-makers products that are more adapted to the new usage requirements.