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Banco de Pedra

João Luís Carrilho da Graça

Inspired by an understated Mies van der Rohe parallelepiped bench for public spaces, this piece reflects a continuous search for the body. It is composed of a back support and curves, creating an undulation that is captivating and inviting. The texture and finishing of the piece are a central part of its experience, and its extensive linear structure is ideal for outdoor spaces.


Banco de Pedra, by João Luís Carrilho da Graça

The last one I remember seeing was the parallelepiped one by Mies van der Rohe: a bench for public spaces, perfect and discreet. 

The bench that I designed takes a step back and searches for the body. It has a back and curves. Can it be polished? Is it smooth? Does it possess a measure of life? Does it reflect us?

João Luís Carrilho da Graça, nine thousand metres over São Salvador da Bahia.