carmela bogman + rogier martens: pop up
carmela bogman + rogier martens: pop up carmela bogman + rogier martens: pop up
may 17, 2010

carmela bogman + rogier martens: pop up


developed by dutch designers carmela bogman and rogier martens, ‘pop-up’ is furniture intended for public spaces. during periods of need, it can be pumped out of the pavement by users and retreated back into the floor when finished. the first pop-up installation can be found in the quarter lombok in the city of utrect, the netherlands.

left: hydraulic pump system right: pop-up retracted in the pavement

‘pop-up’ is made out of three retractable bollards. on these bollards, aluminum bench tops are attached that can be manually pumped out of the floor. several keys which give access to the pumping system are distributed among the neighbourhood to the different users of the furniture. due to the hydraulic system, the bollards can be fixed at any height, with a maximum height of seventy-five centimetres. in being able to flexibly personalize the positions, users can can configure the pieces to form a bench, a stage or even a lounge area. through this project, the dutch design duo seek to blur the boundaries between public and private spaces.

various configurable height levels

‘pop-up’ hidden in the ground allowing for more playground space

  • du you want to realy sit down here? there are so many shit on the streets. The idea is good just not enough

    axioma says:
  • Okay, the next thing the kids will do is put rats, hands, or dogs underneath the seats to crush them. That’s the safety hazard. There’s nothing to stop things from being crushed underneath. That’s why it will never work in NY, unless like elevators, it can detect something is underneath. Lawsuits!

    Veronica says:
  • I think this is the beginning of a good idea, but as the comments already point out, it has two problems… first that the tops of the table are likely to be so dirty they won’t be useful for anything (and you would be reluctant to use them) and the possibility that the contraption can be abused. It needs more thought. What occurred to me is… what about shelters for the homeless which can be brought out?

    Fee Berry says:
  • yea would never happen. finger traps public liability. missuse lawsuits claims. no there is a reason why this does not exist.

    carl says:
  • needs to be solid blocks so you dont trap anything underneath when it sinks.

    Raawven says:
  • …..solid blocks – then let kids get their fingers trapped between the blocks and the pavement….

    besides, solid blocks won’t stop the dog crap, tramp piss, spilt milk and …and…and….

    otherwise a great idea!

    Dr. Design says:
  • mmmmm, subway floor sandwich . . .

    onemanwithapencil says:
  • crushing things underneath it can be avoided by adding some extra vertical margin

    slaslip says:
  • carmela bogman + rogier martens: death trap

    Salty says:
  • isn t clean!

    rudy says:
  • the idea is good..but not to be outdoor..maybe some patio at a services buildins..or shopping…or something else….but outdoor it is dangerous..and not clean enougth

    iva says:
  • scuttle this bad idea. it’s a trap for all kinds of disasters and lawsuits. please don’t make the lawyers busy. they have a full deck in their dockets as it is.

    nelson d reyes says:

    squirrel says:
  • Have a person from the neighbourhood raise them in the morning (and give them a wipe down) and then lower them in the evening. The person can see that there are no hazards before raising or lowering them and they will be clean (at least at the start of each day). They will be protected from vandalism by being lowered at night and more resistant to tampering. Great idea.

    Harvey Millstone says:
  • This a wrong concept, a wrong product. It’s always dirty, full of dogy shit. If something gows under these benches, like a child’s leg or finger, a cat, even a rat, it will be pressed.

    Pegah says:
  • permission from the neighbourhood. what a crank..!

    harvy millstones mum. says:
  • Its a Crazy Idea.

    In fact the space below can be used by Commuters itself for their luggage (just an example).
    Every night respective corpotion can clean it up when there is no traffic at al.

    But ye i agree it needs to Modify more..!!!

    Hardik Joshi says:
  • Maybe be they call be installed with some sort of saefty motion detector… to avoid “accidents”, and I like the idea of it suggested as additional storagespace. I believe developed further is very multifunctional actually and believe it should not be ruled out completely because people are not interested in finding any positive criticism/potential solutions etc. Not every country has laws like America where people abuse the system because they know that their system abuses them even more, though that is just how I see it.

    Admittedly the cleaning aspect when used in a public space is not so interesting, though in the context of private use or a controlled environment (hotel,restaurant, schools, just to name a few… could benefit exponentially from such type of usage of space.

    In the end people clean practically everything they have at some point (the trendy consumer society). It seems to be an acceptabl neccessity. And what happens with conventional tables for example… you leave them there all seasons? Are they durable and weather resistant? If not you will possibly need storage space, the effort of moving them in and out, maybe damaging them in the process. If they are resistant, do they take up space you may wish to use for other things…?

    I just wanted to say that playing the “Devil’s advocate” with negative criticism doesn’t help anyone…

    A “bad” idea can always lead to others… right?

    So as my Mum and Dad say…. if you don’t have anything good to say, then don’t say anything at all.

    I think the general concept is not bad at all, and can go further.

    foolishsoul says:
  • You could use this for restaurant/bar/cafe terraces.
    When the program is finished.. lower the table/seats..

    Tiberius says:
  • harvy millstones mum is a crank. Get over yourself

    crank says:

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