From 14 September-11 October, Finsbury Avenue Square will be transformed into a landmark destination for London Design Festival. Internationally acclaimed, London-based designer, Paul Cocksedge has taken over the space with Please Be Seated, a stunning installation creating a wave of seats that give endless interactive moments.
Designed to respond to the changing rhythm of the Broadgate neighbourhood the impressive scale of the design ensures the natural flow through Finsbury Avenue Square is not disrupted.
Paul explains: "Every single aspect of the installation is tailored to its environment as well as the function it serves. The curves raise up to create backrests and places to sit, as well as space for people to walk under, or pause and find some shade. It walks the line between craft object and design solution. It occupies the square without blocking it."
Built from recycled scaffolding planks, repurposed using the innovative technology of Essex-based flooring company White & White, the whole structure can be broken down and transformed into something completely different after the festival, so nothing will be wasted.
All photos by Mark Cocksedge Press
Where to find Please Be Seated
Hard to miss, this impressive structure will be in Finsbury Avenue Square, EC2A 2EH, for the duration of London Design Festival (14 September-11 October) and beyond. Sat between Liverpool Street Station and Moorgate, Broadgate offers some of London’s best street food, bars and restaurants, plus a public art trail, so while you’re here, make sure you explore.
Paul will be joining us for a special free Q&A and panel discussion at 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 September in The Space | 3FA as part of Shoreditch Design Triangle Night – click here to find out more and book your free tickets.
Soak up the atmosphere
Music and design naturally go hand-in-hand, so during London Design Festival we have a programme of live music featuring some of London’s best buskers and also emerging artists provided by Spinnup (a global music distribution sevice created by Universal Music) from within the installation, including:
Tuesday 17 September: 7.30pm-9pm, entertainment by Spinnup artists. Remember, you saw them here first...
Ewan J Phillips, a London-based singer/songwriter producer with a live repertoire including looped cello, screaming guitars and synthesisers
Vaughan, an English singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose radically truthful songs feature eloquent lyrical themes.
Tom Houston, an unsigned singer/songwriter making waves with his soft lyrics and effective finger-picking style guitar.
From Wednesday 18 September to Saturday 21 September, London’s best buskers will be performing.
Wednesday 18 September: 5.30pm-7pm
Chasing Deer - creators of catchy and energetic Dance Rock, this musical trio are back by popular demand.
Thursday 19 September: 5.30pm-7pm
Sherika Sherard - an acclaimed singer/songwriter with a voice like velvet.
Friday 20 September: 5.30pm-7pm
Luca Fiore - a young singer/songwriter and former London Best Busker of the Year award-winner.
Saturday 21 September: 12.30pm-2pm
Jazz Mino - a vibrant, open-hearted singer/songwriter with powerful rich vocals.
Broadgate and the London Design Festival
For the third year running, Broadgate is home to LDF’s landmark installation. Last year, Finsbury Avenue Square became an urban playground with Alphabet by Kellenberger-White, and in 2017, Exchange Square hosted Camilla Walala’s Villa Walala, a colourful, inflatable, tactile landscape.
British Land, joint owner of Broadgate, is the Headline Partner of London Design Festival and principal supporter of the British Land London Design Medals, celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the world of design.