Rotating seats at St Giles Square. The landmark project Swivel for the London Design Festival
Rotating seats at St Giles square.
The landmark project Swivel for the London Design Festival’s 20th anniversary
The 2022 edition of the annual London Design Festival takes place from 17 through 25 September. The 20th-anniversary edition features an impressive program of events, exhibitions and site-specific installations disseminated throughout the city.
The landmark project Swivel, by Rotterdam-based designer Sabine Marcelis, will be located at St. Giles Square, one of central London’s most traversed neighbourhoods.
Commissioned on the occasion of LDF’s 20th anniversary, Swivel – a long-term public project – aims to bring colour and interactivity to St Giles Square, a vibrant new public space beside Tottenham Court Road. This area is a place of transition: from underground train links including the newly opened Elizabeth Line to performance venues; historical sites to experiential food halls.
The installation will create a dialogue with urban space and local architecture including the Brutalist Centre Point, one of the city’s first skyscrapers.
Swivel will animate the environment, demonstrating the power of design to bring people together, and providing visitors with an opportunity to connect, reflect, and enjoy.
Juxtaposing natural materials with the surrounding concrete and glass, Marcelis’ installation creates a playground of seating that invites pedestrians to pause their journey.
A series of ten unique seats will be crafted from a selection of travertines, quartzites and marbles sourced from Europe, the Middle East and Brazil in distinct colours and featuring unexpected hues and patterns. Each of the seats features a contrasting selection of stones chosen by the designer for their unique aesthetic.
Using a ball-bearing mechanism, the seats can be gently rotated, allowing visitors to interact in groups or create a solitary moment for themselves.
Swivel is a large-scale public seating scheme which will remain in situ until November 2022.
above: images of the landmark project Swivel, LDF 2022
The project is supported by Almacantar, a property investment company specialising in large-scale, complex developments in Central London.
More info: https://londondesignfestival.com/activities/swivel
images courtesy of London Design Festival
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