Okay, mentioning ‘French chic’ is so 1975, but it’s the first thing that comes to our mind when looking at this lovely urban furniture concept, made by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Paris-based outdoor-advertising corporation JCDecaux. (Cast: Concrete by LCDA.) Escale Numérique, which was presented to the Parisians on the Rond Point des Champs-Elysées last year, includes a ‘shelter’ covered with green roof and equipped with a large touch-screen and cast-concrete seating, optimalized for the use of digital devices.
Escale Numérique, which translates as Digital Break, offers not only a nice environment to rest, but also to recharge your phone or laptop, free wifi and information in English or French about the area, the city, the transport and many more. The concept was born for a competition named ‘Intelligent furniture’, held by the Municipality of Paris. After the installation of the first station last year, the City was told to wait a year and measure its success. Well, the year is over, so we are really looking forward to more Digital Breaks on the streets of Paris!
Photos © Felipe Ribon