charlie davidson: sunniside public realm
 
charlie davidson: sunniside public realm charlie davidson: sunniside public realm
dec 05, 2010

charlie davidson: sunniside public realm

views of ‘sunniside public realm’ in the streets in sunderland.

british designer charlie davidson has completed a public seating design – a project which he won the commission for through sunniside partnership – used as a means of revitalizing sunniside, sunderland in the uk.

the project brought together several artists and designers including bill fontana, SDNA and KAPOK to re-invent the area through sound, motion, video, sculpture and interactive light installations.

from inception davidson’s concept was centered around the notion of turning public furniture into a more interactive element that feels alive and as if it were free to move about rather than fixed in place. the stools, which act almost as a way-finding system, wind down the town’s st. thomas street to direct the public from the popular shopping area to sunniside park.

the stone-like sculptures are constructed from jesmonite, a polymer based concrete cast with colored quartz, marble aggregates and mica, intended to add a reflective quality to the stools. at night, colorful LED lights illuminate the interior shell and work in conjunction with other installations and soundscapes in the park.

the stools are illuminated by colored LED lights

view of the installation

the surface of each stool is acid etched and jet washed before the jesmonite has completely cured, revealing the texture and colors of the aggregates

the finished form was cast by professional mould maker bamber hawes of BSP ltd.

this original sketch includes a scribbled note; ‘dynamic shapes flying through the city following a flight plan’.

prototyping allowed the team to restructure weaknesses in the original design

the casting mould and stool

drawings showcase the sculptural stools from all angles

  • I think they look like these really friendly little critters who will naturally encourage cute interactions between people and themselves. They look pretty fun to make and straight forward to mass produce. I would be happy if there was something like that living in my city!

    elle says:
  • Looks like Playmobil’s wig! but pretty cool to have light and sit in the same space

    Alex says:
  • great!

    muchacha says:
  • Genial, super interesante y muy bello!!

    maria says:
  • great work

    Diego Aguirre says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
LOG IN
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

PRODUCT LIBRARY

a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

design news

×
keep up with our daily and weekly stories
492,099 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample