Miguel Milá, Gonzalo Milá
Conceived as a global bench, takes up a mere tenth of the volume that others of similar dimensions require, and that is easy to assemble and install, affordable, and very comfortable.
On commission from our editors, father-and-son team Miguel and Gonzalo Milá – two big names in contemporary street furniture design – undertook the difficult task of drawing a bench for the 21st-century international market. It had to be able to travel flat, unassembled, be humble and multicultural in shape, very comfortable and sober in figure, and easy to produce in simple economies, even with local materials. In a nutshell, the first global urban bench.
The upshot is HARPO, the friendliest and cheekiest of the Marx brothers, recognisable worldwide without the need for words. A happy friend for all public and private projects.
The HARPO family comprises the bench, chair and backless bench, and comes in narrow FSC wood slats, wide FSC wood slats, or aluminium slats.
Materials and finishes
Bent and welded steel plate structure with anti-rust protection and powder paint finish.
Seat and back made of European or tropical wooden slats with FSC certification, finished with oil in two-component and with two sections: narrow slat of 35x35 mm or wide slat of 90x30mm.
The HARPO family can also be made with 90x30 mm extruded aluminium slats with an anodised finish – a recycled, recyclable and highly resistant material that is increasingly being used in more sustainable cities.
Anchor screws for the stainless steel slats.
The bench is delivered dismantled. It is attached to the ground by two anti-corrosive treated steel pins per leg, which are placed in holes that are drilled into the road surface and filled with epoxy resin, quick-setting cement or similar.
Includes assembly instructions.
Metal ferrules on the wooden slats make them easy to assemble.
No functional maintenance is required, except to preserve the original colour of the wood.
Designer: Gonzalo Milá Miguel Milá
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