DBD Studio has resulted from cross-pollination of design backgrounds, coming together to create architectural street furniture product design.

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DBD’s competence embraces the urban landscape with street benches as well as planters and litter bins, bollards and street signs.

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DBD produce designs for standard and custom made street furniture with a heavy focus on timber products and related technology that are used to to produce optimal quality, environmentally friendly furniture.

Our Ethos ...

Our amalgamation of differing design capabilities enables us to continually transcend the street furniture status quo.

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Eclectic Design, Unique Furniture


ECLECTIC STREET FURNITURE DESIGN

DBD happily consider themselves to be at the top of the innovators problem solving game. You see DBD strive to deliver, practical yet cost effective street furniture design that provides excellent amenity which is also extremely attractive to the eye. From initial briefing chats about design intent and consideration of prospective materials, we offer an all embracing design service to match any client’s budget. DBD then develop and project management timetable and oversee third party manufacture and installation from start to finish.

Our Service Flexes to Match Your Needs

Our central eastern seaboard base enables DBD to offer a really flexible approach to design and customer service. Cutting edge CAD in house design enables us to respond quickly to required design modifications. Moreover, DBD are more than happy to arrange for initial production run samples to the jobsite for final inspection “sign off” to ensure complete satisfaction before mass third party production proceeds. In addition, DBD’s superb supply chain enables it to deliver short lead times.

Unrivalled Design & Production Experience

DBD are proud of its heritage and it many years of street furniture product design experience.  DBD provides its clients with unsurpassed street scene advice based on its wide ranging expertise across all building types and urban environments. This combined with our friendly down to earth approach enables us to create the kind of inspirational, long lasting and environmentally friendly street furniture solutions our clients return for time and time again! 

An Insight into DBD Street Furniture Design Principles

The term street furniture has evolved into a collective noun used to describe any upright structure designed to provide pedestrian amenity in streetscape environments. And the vast majority of street furniture is located on the sidewalk. In the last 3 years, an increasing array of different types of street furniture has evolved in line with the pedestrian and traffic behaviour trends in modern towns and cities. An ever increasing “space” demand on our roads has precipitated a concurrent rise in safety, environmental and traffic control regulations Furthermore, the quantities of street furniture on our streets has similarly increased to provide improved seating, shopping booths, newsstands, bus stops and information signs. Urban planners have become more and more conscious of this street furniture proliferation and have and are still acting to overcome and avoid problems associated with location and design of street furniture and its impact on visually or mobility impaired citizens, wheelchair users and everyday pedestrians.

Street Furniture Location Considerations

Believe it or not there are many considerations to take into account regarding design and location of street furniture on our sidewalks between the kerb and the front of buildings. There are a number of factors which interrelate with each other in the streetscape as follows: 

  - the flow of pedestrian and vehicles
  - vehicle flows
  - pedestrian flows
  - land usage adjacent to sidewalks
  - vehicle loading and parking requirements
  - the relative width of verges and sidewalk footways
  - safety and security
  - local street furniture regulations which govern the location and size of street furniture products

The areas between building frontage and the kerb edge are generally referred to as follows:    Frontage Area   Sidewalk Area   Planting and Furniture Area   Kerb Area
Different factors are brought to bear in each particular area depending on its relative location within an urban environment, scale and prospective amenity provision.

Frontage Area This is the area between the property boundary, the sidewalk area and the outside of the kerb. Under most normal circumstances, this area is a street furniture free zone to allow the visually impaired to use their canes against the facades of buildings and where shops are present to allow free, uncluttered window shopping. In the event that the width of a sidewalk is narrow, street furniture essential for safety can be located right up against a building in order to make sure that the kerb area remains uncluttered. Street furniture cleaning and maintenance requirements must also be anticipated and accommodated accordingly. 

Sidewalk Area The sidewalk area is normally intended for the flowing, unhindered movement of normal and mobility enhanced pedestrians. In all but the most exceptional circumstances, this area should be completely free of temporary and/or permanent articles. Moreover, within this area any items of street furniture should be positioned to provide reasonably clear widths between them. 

Planting and Furniture Area This is the area where street furniture will normally be found. If sufficient space allows, tree plantings or shrub and flower planters can be located along with street signs and roadway lighting. However, the designer responsible for such an undertaking must also be cognisant of the likely growth of plantings and trees and anticipate how that will affect the appearance of the streetscape over time. This area may be paved or grassed over but whatever covering is used a clear delineation between the road and pedestrian walkway must be provided to increase comfort and safety. 

Where high traffic volumes are present, this is of particular importance. In areas where the traffic speeds regularly exceeds 30 miles per hour, the width of this area must be set at the widest possible width so that greater separation safety between vehicles and pedestrians is provided. Streetscape designers also take into account both the maximum and minimum widths of this area in order to allow for the likely volumes of pedestrians using the walkways and the need for vehicle loading and unloading etc. 

Kerb Area Nominally the kerb area is around eighteen inches wide in order to allow for the overhang of vehicles. On roads which have a significant camber or have 40 miles per hour speed limit, the kerb area is normally increased to 36 inches. This area should be kept clear to prevent street furniture being damaged by vehicles. On occasion however, street furniture could be placed in this area if for instance: - pedestrians need additional “physical” protection - the street furniture is used for restricting the perceived road width for traffic calming purposes - the sidewalk area is restricted.
One other essential factor that should be borne in mind is the need to properly assess the road camber to make sure that vehicles with high sides don’t lean over the sidewalk.

The treatment for each of the foregoing zones in terms of scale, relative priority and treatment will naturally vary depending on the roads position within and urban highway network.

Professional Bodies


National Association of Manufacturers

The National Furniture Association

Wood Products Manufacturers Association

Dot Milner
DBD Studios
Washington, DC