As we begin to realize the negative consequences of living sedentary lifestyles and start making strides toward getting outside and being on the go more often, we still need a little break every now and then.  Today’s roundup of contemporary benches offers a host of creative moments of respite, brought to us by environmentally-minded designers who are using more and more bamboo — the darling of the sustainability movement — and repurposing previously cast-off metals into something usable and even beautiful.  Turns out, it is easy being green, so take a load off for a moment and peruse today’s eye-catching collection of modern-day lily pads.

10 Cool Contemporary Benches

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bamboo art bench



orange XYZ bench



modern wood bench seating



swirly black park art bench



shiny red metal bench



slab bench



leaf-shaped benches



modern bent wood bench



woven metal bench



Shifting Slab Bench found at Nico Yektai.