New social distancing benches in Amsterdam help keep park meet-ups safe

Outdoor, socially-distanced meet-ups are pretty much the only option for safe social interaction at the moment (other than endless Zoom calls).

Aa design studio has created a new product which helps people sit together outdoors, whilst keeping their distance.

Amsterdam-based design company Object Studio has come up with a handy little bench called the CoronaCrisisKruk.

Stretching 1.5 metres (the distance recommended by the Netherlands and several other countries), the birch-plywood structure is made up of two krukken – which is Dutch for ‘stool.’

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Along with their easy guide for maintaining a safe distance, another brilliant feature is how easily they can be transported. The benches are made with a handle in the middle, which allows users to pick them up and take them anywhere they choose.

They also feature social distancing puns – to provide a little light relief (something we all could do with at the moment) – such as ‘met afstand het leukste park’ which means ‘by far the nicest park’. Get it?

But, ultimately, the main aim of the bench is to help people remember and visualise the safe distance to maintain – all thanks to ruler-style measuring lines that are marked on the side.

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Object Studio founder Björn van den Broek designed the benches back in March and had six manufactured by a local maker round the corner from his house.

The first benches which have been brought out have the names of the Noorderpark on their sides and the Amsterdam Museum has bought one for its courtyard.

Object Studio is now offering custom versions of the benches through its website – with all profits donated to charity Doctors Without Borders. 

Of course, over the past few months we’ve seen people get creative when it comes to social distancing, like the restaurant that served meals on a Ferris wheel and the cafe which made people wearing swimming pool noodle hats.

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