Bancal: Design Refined to the Essentials

In Bancal benches and tables designed by distinguished duo Julià Espinàs and Olga Tarrasó for Urbidermis, simplicity and sincerity in design communicate the importance of daily outdoor experiences. Composed of folded steel understructures that anchor slatted Ipe wood tabletops, bench seats, and backs, Bancal site furnishings are robust in form and function to reliably serve the everyday outdoor settings essential to people’s quality of living.

For Landscape Forms Director of Design Ryan Heiser, Bancal is a prime example of the purity and sophistication of the Barcelona-based firm’s design philosophy. “Bancal is refined in its scale, elegant in its simplicity, and intelligent in its combination of materials. It represents the sort of modest confidence that distinguishes such a seasoned design practice like Urbidermis,” describes Heiser.

Bancal’s benches are scalable and modular, excellently suited for creating precise runs along sidewalks, throughout pedestrian promenades, and in prominent public meeting areas. Refined, efficient and designed for enhancing interactions in urban settings, the benches offer the ability for designers to alternate, offset or align their backrests to create thoughtful, site-specific installations that reinforce social wellbeing.

Performing in perfect harmony with its benches, Bancal tables embody a similarly minimal formal expression in favor of increased communal function, adaptability and durability. Throughout streetscapes, public parks, campuses, and hospitality destinations, Bancal tables scale and adapt to create elegant destinations for outdoor dining, socializing and leisure. Together, Bancal benches and picnic tables utilize their purity of design and quality of materials and construction to ensure installations are virtually maintenance free and can withstand weather and wear with aplomb.

Overall, Bancal is a testament to the power of simplicity in design. For designers, it excels in streamlining the creation of everyday settings that reinforce social wellbeing with the quality of materials and manufacturing to last many beautiful decades outdoors. And for users of outdoor space, the clear, comfortable and intuitive nature of Bancal prioritizes the experiences people seek—resting, gazing at the views, conversing and connecting, and enjoying a relationship with nature.

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