eine interaktive Wartebank / A interactive waiting bench

Kim André Lange

September / September - 2021

Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe



The SurfBench Project focuses on humans in public waiting areas – places where people experience time. By observing these places, a strong visible emotion sticks out: nervosity. Often caused by a lack of information on the duration of waiting time, or the missing of given activities and entertainment, time is strongly experienced and as a result considered as very slow passing. There are some occupations highly valued by our society, while waiting. Like social interaction, education, or curiosity. By analyzing present waiting areas, one object is found in most of them: the waiting bench. An object without any characteristics helping us get through that nervous time in between. The SurfBench is the result of this observation. A bench that makes us curious to explore its function, promotes the interaction between people, keeps us busy and teaches us physics by using our hands.