Street sign chair

Furniture & Lighting
Street sign chair

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I like this simple perch attached to a street sign by Ken Mori. When not in use, it rotates to vertical, to advertise it’s proposed use. Via Urban Prankster.

18 thoughts on “Street sign chair

  1. wonder-wheeler says:

    A 2″ radius on the corners would make it more street friendly. Wouldn’t want it to tear the skin of a wheelchair guy.

  2. Tim says:

    Doesn’t look like it could actually support a person.

  3. craig says:

    even a grade 8 bolt in that small 1/2″ size I wouldn’t trust. Urban prankster? Boom, he fell, prank’s on you, haha. Another useless idea on the blog by Becky. Isn’t she the one who put up the camera flash electric jolter? Man, she must love hurting people.

    1. Street sign chair Becky Stern says:

      So this prototype could use some improvement; why don’t you folks make a better one? @craig, please keep your comments about the projects; personal attacks are not tolerated under our “be nice” comment policy. Please email me if you have any questions or concerns on that:

    2. Mark Frauenfelder says:

      Craig, thanks for sharing your knowledge about the shear strength of bolts. How did you learn this? When I make things that use bolts I usually just grab one that “feels” right, but should probably be more methodical about it. If you could share any further information on the subject, I think many of our readers would appreciate it.

  4. John says:

    We kinda need more photos to see how it’s been put together. A photo of the fixings at the rear (hinge?) and to the pole would help. The 2 pics we have now make it appear very flimsy and not able to hold the weight of a person. I suspect there’s more to it though and that there’s some sort of bolted fixings we’re not seeing.

  5. Bob Almond says:

    It would be a nice idea, but in the horizontal position it’s too much like a blade at knee height (or even head height for a child), and as it would be almost invisible, especially on a busy street, I have to say this is a poor idea. There are plenty of really good seats around, many that are just ‘perches’, and made in rounded shapes. Plus it just doesn’t look strong enough.

    Sorry to be down on anyone’s idea, but please, no.

  6. Rich Watts says:

    These have been installed in some locations around NYC. They are weatherproof, very sturdy, and have safe rounded corners. I’ve even had the pleasure of sitting on one.

    We need more public seats!

  7. thinkmo says:

    I am one of the co-creators of this. It is strong enough for at least 200lbs. Yes, I agree the shape can be friendlier, with rounded corners, It was initally an idea to keep it no bigger than a letter sized sheet of paper. And yes, there have been other public chair projects. Mine is just a new take on it. Thanks for all the comments! To see more:

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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