Inspired by the increasingly unimaginative and utilitarian approach to modern public furniture, Spitalfields interiors store, The Lollipop Shoppe, invited 11 influential furniture designers – the likes of JDS Architects, Freshwest and Decode – to create 11 distinctive, innovative and remarkably unique versions of the humble bench.
Dotted around Old Spitalfields Market – until 30th September – the 11 benches form an engaging micro-exhibition as part of this year’s London Design Festival, encouraging those who view and use the benches to imagine the possibilities of public furniture as both functional and as innovative and captivating pieces of public art. We loved the slick little map available in-store, and there was something of a childlike pleasure in seeking out the pieces, if it hadn’t have been the worst weather of the week – also our excuse for the erratic photography – on the day we visited then we’d’ve loved to have enjoyed a little more time with each of the works… perhaps it’ll give town planners food for thought and we can all enjoy a more enlightening break from the crowds in future…
WeHeart is one of mydeco’s guest bloggers during London Design Festival. They won Best independent blog during the Design Democracy Blog Awards. You can read all of WeHeart’s posts here: http://mydeco.com/blog/tag/weheart/
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