RAI: humanising cities thanks to furniture design
After trees, urban elements help to provide a city with a human dimension. The RAI urban furniture collection presents functional elements that can define spaces in a rational and discreet way and build settings for coexistence. Julià Espinas and Olga Tarrasó from Catalonia and Valencia respectively, are the designers who have created RAI, awarded last month with the Delta Awards 2018 and born for the development and adaptation process of La Bunyola path (El Prat de Llobregat, Barcelona). “We had to create a family of furniture elements that integrated the functions of a bench and a table, allowing individual use but encouraging collective use,” the designers explain. RAI is made from UHPC slats and supports in cast anodised aluminium. The four-component system can be combined and repeated, thus providing solutions suited to many different scales: urban areas, landscapes or semi-private spaces.