You may have thoughts tennis balls were just for tennis – but creative Dutch designer Tejo Remy has found a another use for the bright yellow bouncy felt-and-rubber balls. The same material qualities that make tennis balls bright, bouncy and easy-to-spot make for seating that is comfortable, sturdy, and extremely eye-catching. While many museum goers observe works of art perched upon the usual wooden bench, visitors at Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen are able to sit and stare in style on these colorful and clever tennis ball benches designed by Tejo Remy and Rene VeenHuizen.

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The seats are fashioned from a steel frame and dozens of tennis balls, to bring a bit of color and bounce to the museum’s interior. We love the idea of museum furniture design as another opportunity for art. Tejo Remy was one of the speakers at our recent Reclaiming Design panel, during which he mentioned this project and its integration of found and repurposed vernacular objects.

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