“Les amoureux se bécoteront sur de nouveaux bancs publics,” reads a headline in this morning’s Le Devoir — “Lovers will kiss on new public benches.” Michel Dallaire, the renowned industrial designer responsible for the street furniture in the Quartier international, has been commissioned by the Ville-Marie borough to design new benches, garbage cans and other pieces of street furniture for downtown Montreal. Dallaire’s design firm will receive a $25,000 contract for the designs, which will be put into place in 2009.
“We want to create a distinctive brand for the downtown area, without too much emphasis on design, because that would be too visually polluting,” Dallaire told the newspaper. “It should be functional above all, not too decorative. We’re looking to create a timeless object, without flourish.”
If you think Le Devoir’s headline is a bit odd, you should head down to the Quartier international to check out Dallaire’s designs. They’re simple, sexy and perfectly conducive to the noctural activities of les amoureux. The almost immediate success of the district’s new public spaces, including Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle and the revamped Victoria Square, is a testament to the stylish simplicty of its street furniture. With Dallaire’s talents applied to the downtown core, we should hopefully be in for a treat.
Bottom photo by Owen Rose