Bench 4: Jacqueline Le Bleu

This bench will form part of 50+20’s Emerging Benchmarks mobile exhibit and prototyping platform, where management education FOR the world can be prototyped, demonstrated and shared during RIO+20.
  • Name: Jacqueline Le Bleu
  • Occupation: Furniture Designer
  • Country / City: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Bench Design & Materials

Jacqueline Le Bleu makes spectacular furniture using recycled wood and upcycled books. Her book bench is a colourful and fun object with a strong message about recycling and renewing knowledge.

Biography: (short CV)

1985 Academy of modern art in Rotterdam

1985-94 Autonomous artist

1994 Designer

Design & Concept of materials:

With the use of books out of their usual context, I create an optical illusion: a bench made of books, strong enough to sit on. The re-use of plywood and books makes it environmental-friendly. The carefully aggregated book covers tell their own stories.

Philosophy: Books always have been the carriers of knowledge and fiction. These days books are more and more replaced by digital media – the book bench is a tribute to the bearers of our intellectual heritage.