Batsenmeubel. Designed by Nic Roex.
The angled spokes foster visual play; the repetition of lines and circles creates different optical effects depending on one's viewpoint. The Spade Bench could very well serve as a model for linear perspective—wouldn't it be clever for designer Roex to secretly replace the standard train tracks with head-on photographs of his Batsenmeubel under the encyclopedia entry for vanishing point? With more and more cities carrying out art in public places, the Spade Bench could supplant those unsightly slat and slab bus benches where one is forcibly exposed to some injury lawyer with a nickname worthy of an amateur boxer (either that or the ubiquitous "Your Ad Here").
Like the Muungano Bench, the Batsenmeubel could radically alter the way we wait—making our time in limbo a little bit more entertaining. If every purgatorial stint could be at the very least visually pleasing, wouldn't the world be a much better place? On Roex's Spade Bench, one might be inspired to plant a garden or cultivate the mind. Resting on the Batsenmeubel, it's possible to turn waiting into an art.