Design Transfer

WorkLets –

the new generation of the park bench

WorkLets are wooden seating areas that are located in nature – preferably in idyllic places with a beautiful view – and are intended to invite people to relax, pause and work. As part of the Design Month Graz 2022, prototypes for a new generation of the classic park bench were developed together with Holzcluster Steiermark and selected teams from design, architecture and timber construction.

Design Month Graz 2022 was looking for an outdoor piece of furniture that meets the complex requirements of the modern networked world, a piece of furniture that satisfies the “digital natives” and the “analog decelerators” in equal measure. A hybrid piece of furniture made of wood – for relaxing with intention and working with a view. A workplace that inspires. With passion and calming charm.

Every year, as part of Design Month Graz, a cooperation between Holzcluster Steiermark and Creative Industries Styria takes place. The WorkLets are designed for the rural space, as mobile and easily transportable seating made of wood, which should find a place in publicly accessible places, parks, in front of hotels, in communities and serve as a retreat for those seeking peace or mobile working people as a workspace.

The material wood had to prevail and also the sustainability aspect had to be considered. The material sponsor is JAF ZENGERER GmbH – the company focuses strongly on tradition and regionality.

The design teams



  • The material wood must predominate
  • Local wood and sustainability are essential aspects
  • Furniture should fit in a van and be able to be carried by two people
  • Easy to assemble, no foundation, etc.

The role of Creative Industries Styria

With its Design Transfer Program, CIS is dedicated to mediating services and building bridges between companies, institutions and design studios. It mediates, accompanies, moderates and networks along the value chain of creation, production and distribution as a neutral service partner between design and business. This was also the case with the “WorkLets” project. CIS accompanies the entire product development process.

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