I'm working on a small beautification project in an open plaza in Somerville, MA. Right now I'm putting together a proposal for the addition of about 20 lightweight, movable chairs (and 2-3 tables) in the plaza area, to be arranged by visitors daily and used during events.
This has been a pretty popular experiment in recent years (the lawn chairs in Times Square, and the 200-or-so chairs in Harvard Yard, in collaboration with the Project for Public Spaces, are coming to mind), and I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with particular manufacturers/brands of chairs and tables (preferably that come in bright colors, and preferably stackable) that are suitable for public use.
I know that Harvard used Fermob, which is the same company that supplies the parks in Paris with their lightweight chairs, but it looks like, at about $500/chair, they might be beyond our budget.
Any ideas? Any general thoughts on this trend? (I did a search for "chairs" in the design/space/place forum and didn't find anything covering this)
(By the way -- I am a volunteer with a local chapter of Main Streets. I just graduated with a BA in Sociology and I'm hoping to go back to school for Urban Planning in a few years. Working with Main Streets has been my very first, very tiny, introduction to the general field of urban planning/design, and I'm really enjoying it!)