Julien Deswaef of Brussels, Belgium, designed this bench built from a shipping pallet.

Get from a standard (Epal-Eur) pallet to a public bench in just a couple easy steps. The idea came while thinking about urban hacking or how to reclaim public space with easy to find material and tools in urban areas.

This project is totally free (as in freedom) and follows the principles of OSHW (Open Source Hardware). The design is released under The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license.

For a period of 2 years, tree benches stayed successively in front of my house, but they disappeared one after the other. Some of my neighbours encouraged me to organize a “public bench fabrication day”, which we did this 15 April 2012. Around 12 benches were created that day and placed along the street. Some benches were decorated using pyrography.