An Empty Square In London Has Been Transformed With An Installation Titled ‘Please Be Seated’

September 17, 2019
British designer Paul Cocksedge, has transformed an empty square in London with his latest furniture art installation titled 'Please Be Seating'. #PublicArt #PublicSeating #PublicFurniture #DesignInstallation #ArtInstallation #Design
Photography © Mark Cocksedge

British designer Paul Cocksedge, has transformed an empty square in London with his latest installation titled ‘Please Be Seating’.

The large-scale structure was commissioned by Broadgate, an office and retail estate in the City of London, and is designed to represent the changing rhythm of the community.

British designer Paul Cocksedge, has transformed an empty square in London with his latest furniture art installation titled 'Please Be Seating'. #PublicArt #PublicSeating #PublicFurniture #DesignInstallation #ArtInstallation #Design
Photography © Mark Cocksedge

The design features curves for people to sit on and walk under, and is made from scaffolding planks. Paul Cocksedge collaborated with Essex-based high-end interiors company, White & White, to re-imagine and re-use the building wood.

“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 a craft object and a design solution. It occupies the square without blocking it,” says Cocksedge.

The installation will be on display between 14 September – 11 October 2019, and can be found at Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate.


British designer Paul Cocksedge, has transformed an empty square in London with his latest furniture art installation titled 'Please Be Seating'. #PublicArt #PublicSeating #PublicFurniture #DesignInstallation #ArtInstallation #Design
Photography © Mark Cocksedge | Supported by Broadgate and British Land | Further Support: ARUP and White & White London

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British designer Paul Cocksedge, has transformed an empty square in London with his latest furniture art installation titled 'Please Be Seating'. #PublicArt #PublicSeating #PublicFurniture #DesignInstallation #ArtInstallation #Design
British designer Paul Cocksedge, has transformed an empty square in London with his latest furniture art installation titled 'Please Be Seating'. #PublicArt #PublicSeating #PublicFurniture #DesignInstallation #ArtInstallation #Design
British designer Paul Cocksedge, has transformed an empty square in London with his latest furniture art installation titled 'Please Be Seating'. #PublicArt #PublicSeating #PublicFurniture #DesignInstallation #ArtInstallation #Design
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