Ah but in Saint-Étienne, benches are not just for sitting on. The Bancs d’Essai (Test Benches) scheme offers more curious passers-by the chance to take part in a life-size test. They – you – can try out the latest in urban furniture created by artists and designers from all over the world. So Madame, are you comfortable in your reversible love seat? But isn’t just about trying, you’re also asked to vote. The bench that charges telephones, the one on casters so that you can turn in any direction you want and the circular ping-pong table? That’s Saint-Étienne design, it’s innovative, participatory and it brings people together.