Can street furniture be sophisticated? From planters and bike racks to waste receptacles, the essential, everyday amenities that populate the urban landscape are seldom considered a locus of design thinking. Fortunately, Maglin Site Furniture’s MUG collection shows us what we’ve been missing, seamlessly combining practicality with a subtly playful yet timeless new design language.
Created in collaboration with Italy’s Gibillero Design, MUG comprises waste and recycling containers, a planter and a bike rack. Named for the elegant handle that distinguishes each design, the collection introduces a graceful presence to frequently overlooked elements of the public realm.
Suitable for a wide range of contexts — including commercial, educational, healthcare and hospitality settings — the versatile collection does not sacrifice durability for style. Supported by a stable all-steel welded frame, the modern designs are complemented by a structure that stands up to the unpredictable rhythms of urban life.
A wide range of customization options also allows the designs to suit their surroundings. Maglin’s MUG planters and waste bins can be specified with a choice of wood or powder-coated steel slats, while the steel slats can be customized further with a choice of colors that contrast the frame. Custom vinyl graphics can also add a visual motif to MUG’s handles, allowing the waste and recycling containers to be labelled for each setting.
The bike rack offers a similar wealth of possibilities. Fabricated with a steel-welded frame and a two-piece, laser cut steel tube, the striking bicycle stand can be a single color or be accented with a bold contrasting pop of color on the steel tube. Meanwhile, the vertical design allows the racks to be grouped together — or single units to be placed in smaller spaces. Ensuring ease of use, the racks are designed to provide single contact bike locking.
While MUG’s designs offer a distinctive aesthetic signature, each element of the collection meets industry-standard configurations. The waste and recycling bins are specified to hold a regular 32-gallon liner — which can also be specified in a choice of tones to contrast the frame — while the planters feature standard hex socket anchors, one of which can be removed to accommodate drainage.
According to Gibillero Design, “MUG combines the practical features of classic street furniture with elevated modern details.” The results are distinctive, durable and quietly expressive.
This content was published by Azure on behalf of Maglin Site Furniture.
A collaboration with Gibillero Design, the new bike racks, receptacles and planters bring surprising sophistication to the public realm.