SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

SWIVEL installation by Sabine Marcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 – Photos by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

Urban, Design – For London Design Festival 2022, Sabine Marcelis has created SWIVEL, an outdoor long-term public installation in the heart of St. Giles Square [Map, free and open 24/7]. The Dutch designer teamed up with the innovative surface material manufacturer and innovator SolidNature to develop a series of colourful rotating chairs inviting people to relax, connect and play.

SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

I wanted to respond to the space by injecting a bit of colour and fun into this urban environment.” Sabine Marcelis told Archipanic. Deliberately choosing a natural material in a range of hues, “I wanted to create a strong contrast with the surrounding architecture and the manmade material palette.” Indeed, SolidNature’s natural stone patterns and colours play in juxtaposition with a brutalist, glass, and concrete urban environment.

SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

The designer hand-picked from SolidNature’s range of granites, quartzites, marbles, and travertines. The natural stones recall London’s warm summers and frisky winters; at the same time, they challenge the perception of gravity as they stand on a single support that visitors can slowly twist.

Being an interactive piece, it welcomes audiences to decide how they would like to experience the space. It could encourage strangers to interact with each other, for friends to sit together or even allow people to create a moment of pause for themselves.”

SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

Made from leftover off-cuts and stone dust, SolidNature is a sustainable surface material for interior design projects and furniture. The brand debuted earlier this year at Alcova during Milan Design Week with an installation by Sabine Marcelis and OMA.

SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

The SWIVEL installation is a Landmark Project commissioned by the London Design Festival and supported by Almacantar. It will remain in St. Giles Square throughout the seasons.

SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 – Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.

All SWIVEL photos are by Ed Reeve, courtesy of the London Design Festival.

SWIVEL installation by Sabine MArcelis x SolidNature @ London Design Festival 2022 - Photo by Ed Reeve, courtesy of LDF 2022.