#CelebrateBangleDay: did you know Chris Bangle designs large benches?
He claims it's his greatest achievement!
If someone said the name Chris Bangle to you, then it's likely you will be thinking of the work he did for BMW, but this isn't all he did. In fact, when he left BMW he started designing large benches and he loved it.
According to Bangle himself, his biggest achievement is his Big Benches project. “You may know me as a car designer but, where I live, I’m the bench guy,” he says. And these really are big benches as they are a whopping 2.5m by 3m in size.
The Big Bench Community Project is a non-profit organisation and the idea is tha Bangle gives these designs away for others to build. And the only condition given by Chris is that it has to be set up where it won’t upset anyone and in a place where people want to go.
It's clearly worked as there are now 44 Big Benches in Italy and New Zealand and there have also been enquiries from the UK, Germany and the US.
Bangle said: “In front of our house on a good weekend I’ll have 200 cars parked for people to sit on a bench. I’m so proud of it. The key rule is no public money, only private donations or volunteers. That’s not typical in Italy. This is a private-funded concept for the public. This is wonderfully effective.”
This is just another post to show some love for #celebrateBangleday here on DriveTribe.