The hej.hej. bench received the 2013 DIS Merit Scholarship from the Danish Institute of Study Abroad.
The bench was designed, developed, and produced at The Danish Design School (dkds) in Copenhagen during the Summer 2013.
With the help of a group of fantastic Danish designers at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) along with the amazing experience we had in Denmark and during our short to Sweden and Finland, this bench came alive.
The hej.hej. bench was inspired by the Danish societal behavior that I observed while in Copenhagen. As I noticed on a very general basis, Danish tend to be rather reserved with strangers but as soon as one is acquainted they tend to open up and be rather open and welcoming. I wanted to make the bench longer but there was, unfortunately, a 80cm limit in all directions but the concept still comes across... two people can sit in whatever way: facing away from each other, towards each other,... depending on how comfortable they are with each other. If one decides to be anti-social, either one of the plates can be turned around to function as a table... a sure signal that no one else is welcomed at the time to sit down.