By Jelly Collaborative and supported by Champion Timber, FabCutDes, OPM Furniture, and Dulux.
The pandemic has affected us in a multitude of ways, depriving us of meeting up and socialising with each other. It seems we as humans are now craving these open public spaces more than ever. The Friendly Blob is a proposal that motivates us to take care of not only our physical health but our mental health. The blob encourages us to meet (socially-distanced of course) and explore the public spaces and architecture that London has to offer. Taking inspiration from the dense history of the City of London, the bench acts as a miniature of the Square Mile, encouraging visitors to explore and learn about the architecture of the city.
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 Kelly and Jennifer sharing the story behind their bench, head here.