Tzannes: Sophisticated Sydney Street Furniture Awarded with Red Dot 2016

The public domain furniture line includes seating, garbage bins, bollards, pedestrian light poles, a water bubbler and tree guards.

A suite of street furniture designed by Tzannes architects for the city of Sydney won a 2016 Red Dot Award for Product Design. After having several different styles of public furniture in varying quality, the city chose to invest into a more consistent and timely design.

When the architecture and design studio Tzannes received the project to help the Australian metropolis to a new look and feel, they asked themselves: What makes Sydney distinctive and special? For them, this city has a very casual feeling, it emanates vitality, creativity and openness. The opera house still gives people fresh enjoyment and a link to the character of this city. Another inspiration was the maritime port with its engineering design. The harbour bridge and the wharfs are prime examples of how steel structures fit into urban environments: solid, elegant, direct and extremely durable. Tzannes’ aim was to transfer these qualities into the pieces of street furniture. The new benches, trashcans, bollards, light poles, drinking fountains and tree guards are supposed to help create a more pleasant and accessible outdoor environment in Sydney.

The expert jury of the Red Dot Award now honoured the furniture line with a prize in the product design category. Alec Tzannes, the design team leader for Tzannes, commented: “We are honoured that our contribution to the making of our city has been recognised internationally in this important way. This award underscores the contribution architecture and design makes to our cultural identity, and to the city, as well as the wisdom of Lord Mayor Clover Moore’s design-led focus in her role.”

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