Most public spaces aren’t made for the entire public. This designer is trying to change that.

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Dutch designer Wouter Couvers is 6 ft 7 inches tall, and unsurprisingly is acutely aware of the ways in which public spaces aren’t made for people his height. He’s hit his head against overhead signs, and he has to bend down to access ATMs.

So he set himself a challenge: How could he recreate aspects of public space to function for people of all heights? His first project is a public bench. He designed a bench that’s intended to be placed on inclines, giving users a spectrum of heights to rest from, as you can see in the video above.

Couvers now hopes to partner with municipalities to test the bench in a variety of public spaces across the Netherlands.

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