David Colwell Commissions
Soho Green Table and Chairs
London's Soho Green in Wardour Street has a new and very popular addition: A massive 5.2 metre long table with seating for 20 adults, or many more children. The commision followed a successful competition entry. The top is english Oak, the leg structure is bead-blasted stainless steel and the feet are cast stone.
View some images of London's Soho Green Table and Chairs and Launch Party
Soho Green, 17 Meard Street, Soho, London, W1F 0EU
www.sohogreen.com [external link]
The Scottish Parliament Reception Desk
The Parliament Building has a strong sense of landscape, reminiscent of Scotland's rock forms and land mass.
Democracies need people's involvement. They are like a fluid, air or water, feeding and flowing through the building. The Reception Desk, is like a plant, rooted to the architecture but drawn along with the flow of people, both formed by and forming their movement into the building. It is intended as a point of human reference to the building and the institution.
At its end, the metre slows with the last two sections bracketing the space and leading you to a free standing vane that echoes the desk's movement and holds the Parliament's printed material.
Much of the dynamic of the piece is drawn from the buildings geometry but the fluid energy, the ripple, is about making common ground with visitors, drawing them into the democratic process. Each counter is well defined as an individual space, but each part of an organic whole, with more than a hint of paisley.
Museum Benches, Cardiff
Public spaces offer a great opportunity for sociability. Seating can be the best way to make it happen.
Standard, in-line benches are the worst option. offering neither conviviality for those wishing it nor privacy for those who don't, and if it's bad for two people it's hopeless for groups of more. People never naturally adopt this physical relationship.
The gallery seating for the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, is a significant development in making public seating much more convivial.
- Each person has their own patch, this gives a sense of security, an aid to sociability.
- Being round they may be sat on in any direction, allowing a choice of relationship with other users, and the non linear arrangement is better for groups of more than two.
- The turned seats are dished and have softened edges, making them remarkably comfortable and very easy to maintain.
The Museum of Wales benches with their 4 seats are an immensely flexible arrangement, reference to the National Museums and Galleries of Wales will confirm their popularity with the public. Their structure implies an interdependence and a rotary motion that is very useful in the square gallery spaces.
We have done other versions of the seat form with the addition of backs and arms, which are useful for the elderly and disabled.
A forthcoming development of these ideas, for outdoor use will be at London's Soho Green, a new open space in Wardour Street.
National Museum Cardiff, Cathay's Park, CF10 3NP
www.museumwales.ac.uk [external link]
Ludlow Food Centre
Ludlow Food Centre is a flagship for a new brand of locally produced foods, housing integrated preparation and retail spaces.
The retail space is flowing and uncluttered, and the clean lines of the solid sycamore units are offset by quirky fairytale touches. The layout of the shop, apart from satisfying the usual requirements of a retail space, is also designed to emphasise the link between food production and point of sale.
The timber used internally is sycamore, sourced from the Earl of Plymouth Estate, the Food Centre’s owners and local to the project. The sycamore was felled and planked in October 2005, then air-dried, before being re-sawn to optimised widths and kiln dried locally.
Given that Ludlow Food Centre has been created to produce and sell local food, it is particularly relevant that the timber used has also been grown and planked on the estate.
In addition to fitting the scheme and the Ludlow Food Centre product branding, sycamore is also a plentiful and much under-used resource and has a traditional association with kitchens and food preparation.
Ludlow Food Centre Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire
www.ludlowfoodcentre.co.uk [external link]