Pollen Bench

This is the response to a briefing proposed by french designer Matali Crasset which consisted in the building of a bench for Marché Dauphine, in Paris. The briefing took nature as a starting point and questioned the subject of community/cohabitation. The fundamental intention of Pollen Bench is to provoke interaction between people through a physical approach. It is inspired by the pollination phenomenon, which consists on the transfer of pollen (e.g. by an insect) between plants with flowers as a means of reproduction of the species. Some plants developed mechanisms, such as “traps”, to enhance the effectiveness of the transfer. The use of a hammock in the Pollen Bench forces the physical contact whenever two people sit together through a mechanism similar to those used by flowers to trap, enhancing the possibilities of interaction between them.