When the Department of Conservation in New Zealand wanted to recognise contributions made to conservation and connections with Nelson Lakes National Park, staff thought outside the square to stretch the budget as far as it would go. Working with volunteer group, Friends of Rotoiti, they got a result that is distinctively Nelson Lakes – a set of seating shaped and contoured to mirror the stunning view.

Taking up the idea, the Friends’ financial supporters offered to fund two recycled-plastic seats while DOC staff worked on the design. The partnership turned the Replas Advanced Beachcomber into something unique to its location – a seat shape and style that literally reflects the magnificent lake and mountain vista beyond. At Lake Rotoiti, the new seats also mark the close working relationship between the Nelson Lakes Area and its local community. The shape of the Beachcomber seat is adaptable to innovative design ideas for public space furniture. It can be used for branding, theme promotion or to create a talking piece for your organisation.