It looks like a satire but it is apparently not. Fabian Brunsing, a student participating to an interface/design competition
proposed this private bench
that needs 0.5 euros (70 cents) in order to have its spikes lifted down and thus to host bodies.
This very straight forward design is the logical sequel of what is already being created today, sly designs of non appropriation of the public space (see previous post about Survival Group
It also makes me think of Philip K. Dick’s Ubik
that dramatizes an absolute privatized pay-fee environment (house doors, fridges, TV etc.)…
PAY & SIT: the private bench (HD) from Fabian Brunsing on Vimeo.