Nothing says “Canada” more than sitting around a campfire, but for city dwellers, fireside days are usually limited to summer trips up north. Until now.
60 “Urban Campfire” Benches have appeared around Yorkville and along Bloor. Residents and visitors can stop to warm their spirits on the sleek benches that fit seamlessly into the high-end streetscape made up of luxury retailers like Holt Renfrew, Harry Rosen, and Hérmes.
Designed by Mulvey & Banani International Inc. – the team that created the lighting for the CN Tower – and Toronto-based, award-winning, urban design and architecture firm, DTAH, the “Urban Campfire” Benches strike the perfect balance between sophistication and a sense of comfort and ease.
Wood, granite, and stainless steel wrap 270 degrees, creating a cozy circle that mimics an authentic campfire. The benches even appear to flicker and glow thanks to programmable lighting that shines through a series of intricate designs carved into the steel, blazing in shades of orange and red. Fiery hues aren’t the only colours available. The “Urban Campfire” Benches are a permanent fixture on Bloor and the lighting can be programmed with endless colour options to celebrate the holidays, special events, and every season in between.
Camp-lovers and cityphiles alike will find themselves charmed by the Canadiana-inspired fixtures. The only thing missing are the s’mores! But not to worry, the campfires still deliver a delicious treat. For the holiday season, each bench is equipped with a QR code that you can scan for benchside delivery of specialty menu items from local restaurants like Bar Reyna, Cibo, Eataly, and Amal. It’s as close to “glamping” as you can get in the city.
Take a walk across Bloor this month to experience the “Urban Campfire” Benches for yourself. Eat, drink, and be merry, in true Canadian style with a Bloor Street twist.
Image Courtesy of Bloor Yorkville.