In 2000, AREA’s urban furniture designer and Sovann Kim signed their first collaboration with the KOBE street furniture range. Their latest creation, the KYOTO bench, is a perfect illustration of AREA’s creative spirit. An intimate, open rest area, the metal bench composed of two seats was the offspring of the first biennial urban furniture competition held in La Défense launched in 2011. The design is completely in line with AREA’s approach. Positioning itself at the core of a resolutely contemporary vision of public spaces, the approach underpins development projects and offers a springboard for thought on original ambiences, rich in conviviality for users. With the KYOTO bench, the approach was not to design just one more bench, ""but rather to question the way of installing things in cities and streetscapes, in a fresh light… In the flow of urban projects, architects, landscapers and designers often design pergolas and benches to be installed under these shadehouses promising cool corners in public spaces. Our idea was to combine these two furniture items into a single element to reveal this obvious approach in terms of usage"", says designer Sovann Kim. As for the principle of sobriety which is one of AREA’s hallmarks, this is embodied in the lines of the bench made up of steel straps, curved like contour lines, folded and assembled with finishings that withstand the test of time. The KYOTO bench was selected and exposed at the 2015 edition of Saint Etienne’s biennial design show.