0006 LFA Roly Poly, London, 2019        0005 Wanderoll, Bang Lamung, 2019         0004 Floating Cinema, London, UK 2019        0003 Crossroads, Milton Keynes, 2019        0002 Bench It, London, 2019        0001 Anteberg, London, 2019 
Inspired by the signalling buoys and rope making traditions of a remarkably rich era for the river Thames, Roly Poly revives and reinterprets these once prominent elements of the Royal Docks’ history to create a playful and interactive rocking bench.

Blocks of cork were laminated and robotically machined to form the main body of the bench whilst a concrete base was used as a counterweight to balance the overall form. 

The design draws inspiration from the buoys which signaled and guided boats through the river and docks. Standing freely and lightly rocking, these became landmarks of an era in which London development was powered by infrastructure along the River Thames and today can be seen as freestanding monuments.

Futhering this connection to the past is a handle dressed in rope made from human hair  handcrafted by Dutch designer and material researcher Sanne Visser, which re-interprets and celebrates the craft of marine rope making and the once prominent boat yards of Royal Docks, while giving the bench another layer of tactility and softness.
Roly Poly Rocking Bench, London, 2019           
Mandarin Street, Royal Docks, London E16 2YP
Client: London Festival of Architecture
Status: Completed
Budget: £1.5k

Collaborators: Millimetre, Sanne Visser


















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