Cantilevered bench by StokkeAustad


Designers StokkeAustad presented a cantilevered bench with a concrete base at an exhibition called Norwegian Prototypes  during the London Design Festival last month.

The bench is part of a seating system that allows several benches to be connected in a variety of arrangements.

The project was commissioned by Norwegian sustainable timber producers Kebony, to explore and demonstrate the potential of using their engineered softwoods in outdoor furniture.

The timber will gradually age during its time exposed to the elements but the designers say it will maintain its hard-wearing physical properties.

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Photos are by Hans Fredrik Asbjørnsen.

Here's more info from StokkeAustad:


The project is a collaboration between StokkeAustad and Kebony. StokkeAustad was commissioned by Kebony to look at the possibilities of using their product in outdoor furniture.

Kebony is a new Norwegian company that has developed and patented a process that transforms the qualities of normal softwoods into those of hardwood.

They use the waste products form the sugar industry to dramatically improve the properties of the wood making it longer lasting, hard wearing, maintenance free, and basically a viable replacement for rainforest timber.

StokkeAustad wanted to explore the possibilities of making a bench system that is flexible in how it is mounted.

The material Kebony will also turn grey as it is left exposed to the elements. In combination with laquered steel and concrete it will become more and more beautiful over the years.

The round base and the fastening system for the seat allows for several benches to be connected together forming a long line. And as the base is round the angle of the assembly can be completely free. The narrow seat also allows for people to sit with one leg on each side of the seat.

We are also looking to expand the series to flower pots, bins, and benches and seats with a backrest.

Posted on Friday October 16th 2009 at 10:28 am by Brad Turner. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • A designer?

    not one picture of someone sitting on it though????

  • toodles

    this is great! top view is heaven to my eyes. approved.


  • Jann

    Nice one! Bogaloo!

  • R

    There are many aspects of this project I don’t understand at all:
    1. A bench designed for timber producers that is made mostly out of concrete? 2. A sustainable bench that features a big block of unnecessary concrete? How sustainable could that be? 3. A huge block of concrete to support a bench where 2 or 3 people can sit on seems not very economical. 4. The concrete part – used as a counter weight to keep it stable – will according to the exploded view still be fastened to the ground surface; so why use the concrete at all? If fastened with four big plugs, could steel then not do the same trick?

  • cantilever: see wikimedia…
    “A cantilever chair has no back legs, relying for support on the properties of the material from which it is made. This famous form was designed by Mart Stam in 1926, and remains an important example of 20th century design.
    Another designer of cantilever chairs was Hungarian designer Marcel Breuer who was experimenting with steel tubing.
    Alvar Aalto designed several wooden cantilever chairs, made from laminated birch.”

  • peebee

    This is just plain lovely!

  • gray

    show someone sitting please !

  • ste

    that would have been a big thing in 1978… sorry but a really cant see any need for this today! modularity is still an interesting concept but…

  • You need to weight benches to keep them from walking away in the first place, why not enjoy working with that limitation? Delightful.

  • HC Bauer

    I think this could be an interesting design for a rough environment, and has an iconic character. The concrete part should be of some size in an urban context, I think this one is OK.
    Looking forward to seeing more pieces from these guys in the future!

    Prof Z:
    The text you posted doesn’t apply to the word “cantilevered” but to “cantilevered chair” which is a typology within chairs (also known as “Freischwinger”), that do not apply to this bench. According to Wikipedia, (and common sense) “cantilevered” means simply ” supported only on one side.

  • olivier

    beautiful :)
    so can designer(s) do that too?
    I am just so moved by the “exthetic” added values of the engineering.

  • it would have been nice if i could see some people using it…. :)