Madrid-based mmmm… is behind this ultra-cool urban furniture installation currently placed in Times Square, New York City. The installation, called Meeting Bowls, was installed in partnership with the Times Square Alliance and is aimed at encouraging spontaneous encounters and discussion between strangers. I absolutely love this concept, it encourages interaction and discussion between people,  something which is all too often neglected in the hustle and bustle of city life.  Let’s hope they bring something similar to London too!

According to mmmm…

Meeting Bowls are large objects shaped like bowls with seating to accommodate eight people. The inviting semi-spherical capsules are installed outdoors in spaces with high pedestrian traffic. They are designed to promote interaction by having those seated inside face one another. These “social” benches are more intimate than typical public benches.The Meeting Bowls are designed to generate a slight rocking motion as they rebalance when people step into and out of them. The gentle motion generated is intended to be relaxing and fun much like a swing but one for adults.

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