Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola


Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola

Stockholm 2012: these outdoor chairs by Stockholm designer Thomas Bernstrand are joined together like shopping trolleys to encourage park visitors to tidy them away when they leave.

Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola

Having visited parks in Paris where chairs are available for people to place where they want, Bernstrand liked the idea of not being confined to fixed benches but felt sorry for the person who has to collect the chairs in order to cut the grass.

Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola

The Share system requires users to insert a coin to release a chair from the chain. The coin is released when they return the chair.

Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola

Bernstrand presents the prototype with outdoor furniture brand Nola at Stockholm Furniture Fair this week, which continues until 11 February. See all our stories about the event here.

Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola

His previous projects include stackable slanting shelves for Swedese and furniture for an artificial beach.

Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola

"I like to design furniture for the outdoors because I can go there and see how people are using it," says Bernstrand. "Once I went back to one of my benches and it was half burnt."

Share by Thomas Bernstrand for Nola

Here are some more details from Nola:

SharePortable Park Chair Designed by Thomas Bernstrand

Share chairs are lightweight outdoor seats designed to nest within each other as they attach to an immovable base. Like the attachable trolleys used in super- markets and airports, the chairs are equipped with coin-operated locking mechanisms that link them together when not in use. Made for parks, city squares and shopping centres, the chairs are mobile seats that individuals can place where they want to. Share chairs provide more flexibility than fixed seating, as they can be positioned to face the sun, enjoy the shade, or take advantage of the view.

The chair’s locking mechanism can be operated by a coin or a token, encouraging users to return the chairs to the correct location after use. Designed similarly to stackable chairs, Share nests inside each another, making them easy to store when returned to base.

  • OCD

    Sadly in some places, a lot of these chairs wouldn't be returned. Lovely design

  • andreas

    another "fun for 2seconds" design,,,
    i guess this is the reward for adhering to the consumerist lowcost design that rules.

  • panulli

    This system works well with trolleys used in supermarkets, because nobody needs a trolleys anywhere else outside a supermarket. But I think that many people wouldn't be able to resist taking such a chair home with them, since they look very nice.

  • Jones

    Five pounds for five lovely chairs for my house, bargain.

  • mmmhhh

    absolutely brilliant
    hope cities will understand the interest and invest in your idea

  • andreas

    when a publication on design only allow admirative comments, could it be that something is wrong ? agree with our article or be silenced ?
    you (Dezeen) just censored my comment on the fact that T.Bernstrands design actually uses a very perishable form of expression, the use of elements out of context that are supposed take the observer by surprise and thus make him bemused.

    • Hi Andreas,

      I'm not sure what you mean – we published your comment on this story above and I can't find any other comments submitted by you today.

  • Jim

    i am just concerned about the kind of park the designers had in mind while designing these chairs…. i mean a park should be a public-public space, not like a cafe where to use amenities you have to buy a cup of coffee, so it is a private-public place, i understand the idea of returning the chair(although Jones hits the point) but a public park should require zero money to use!! otherwise, a private investment could afford security or replacement if stolen.

  • It wouldn't be worth it for the city to charge a dollar for a chair people could bogart this leave the chairs unlocked for others to use. Even if they were all linked to one another so they could only be used in a certain way. I would totally leave them unlocked so others could sit for free.
    Parks don't make money unless they are like grant park, period. If you make a park you are committing to duty free enjoyment. I would never pay to sit in a park unless it was a concert I really wanted to go to.

    • anna

      The park wouldn’t be making money. You get your pound back after you take the chair back. THAT’S THE POINT.