London 2019 – British designer Paul Cocksedge has created Please Be Seated, an undulating communal bench in Finsbury Avenue Square in the heart of Broadgate, London. The instalation was commissioned by British Land for London Design Festival’s Landmark Project.
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Three concentric rings of of wave-like forms made from scaffolding planks fuse innovation and technology, and responds to the changing rhythm of the community. Made from a steel structure topped with scaffolding planks, the undulating forms increase in size and height from the smallest central element.
Please Be Seated features curves for people to sit on and walk under, further enhancing London’s largest pedestrianised neighbourhood. Cocksedge has collaborated with Essex high-end flooring company White&White, to re-imagine and re-use the building wood.
The installation “walks the line between a craft object and a design solution,” says Paul Cocksedge. “It occupies the square without blocking it.” Where the waves meet the ground they form benches, with the rising waves forming access routes to the central seating areas.
Chief Executive of British Land, Chris Grigg said: “Design is integral to everything we do at British Land so we’re delighted to continue our partnership with London Design Festival for the fourth consecutive year. We truly believe good design has the power to create places where people want to be and where people want to spend time.”
All photos by Broadgate / Mark Cocksedge – Courtesy of London Design Festival.