By Arthur and Jane Wong of 10F Collective and supported by Smile Plastics, CNC Projects and Clever Mike.
As a tribute to the many inventive ways of occupying public furniture under the pandemic’s social-distancing restrictions, It Takes Two introduces a bend to the simple straight bench, creating a see-saw form that encourages dialogue between friends and strangers occupying either ends whilst maintaining physical distance. The bright blue colour recalls the historic default colour of public amenities in the City of London, such as that of decommissioned police phone totems still present in the area. The bench is wholly made from Blue Dapple panels, one of Smile Plastics 100% recycled and 100% recyclable materials.
This bench forms part of the 2021 City Benches, a design competition by the LFA, Cheapside Business Alliance and Aldgate Connect BID, that sees see a playful series of nine benches brightening the streetscape across Cheapside and Aldgate.
To hear Jane and Arthur sharing the story behind their bench, head here.