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Swivelling Marbled Chairs

Sabine Marcelis Designs the Swivelling Chairs for the Landmark Project

— September 22, 2022 — Lifestyle
Designer Sabine Marcelis recently showcased the series of swiveling chairs during London Design Festival as a part of the Landmark Project. The chairs will become a permanent fixture on one of the busiest streets in the city. The series of chairs are made using a block of SolidNature marble which sections off into two parts. The first part is made up of the top of the seat and the second is the base -- both of which are done in bold and different tones.

Members of the public can sit on these chairs and spin around in whichever direction they please. Marcelis states “This project, as with most of my work, is a celebration of materials, [...] I wanted to respond to the space by injecting a bit of colour and fun into this urban environment.” The surroundings Marcelis is referencing to is often a place of transition. Commuters arrive in the square via the Tottenham Court Road underground station and head off in another direction. Adding the chairs allows for a moment of contemplation, or simply a place of rest."

Image Credit: Ed Reeve
Trend Themes
1. Swiveling Chairs - As public spaces continue to evolve, there is an opportunity for designers to create unique seating experiences that provide both comfort and whimsy.
2. Marble Furniture - Marble has long been used in high-end furniture pieces, but with designers like Sabine Marcelis creating bright and fun designs, there is potential for this material to capture a wider market.
3. Urban Design Interventions - Marcelis' chairs are just one example of small interventions in large public spaces that can transform a mundane area into a place for relaxation and inspiration.
Industry Implications
1. Furniture - Designers can explore the use of unconventional materials, like marble, to create more unique, eye-catching furniture pieces that stand out in the market.
2. Urban Planning - As cities continue to grow and expand, designers can look for opportunities to create small but impactful interventions in public spaces to make them more vibrant and livable.
3. Tourism - Cities can create iconic pieces of public furniture, like Marcelis' chairs, that become must-see destinations for tourists and locals alike.
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