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