sebastian wrong and richard woods: bench press at the V&A
sebastian wrong and richard woods: bench press at the V&A sebastian wrong and richard woods: bench press at the V&A
sep 28, 2009

sebastian wrong and richard woods: bench press at the V&A

bench press occupying one of the four corners of the V&A’s domed atrium
image © designboom



bench press, designed by established & sons‘ sebastian wrong and artist richard woods was presented during london design week. occupying the four corners of the V&A‘s entrance dome, the public seating installation is a series of three tier benches reclaimed from the american tulipwood boards used for the established & sons show in milan earlier this year.

the colorful wood grain print has been applied by richard wrong
image © designboom



the construction references the many tiered cornice work aligned around the central atrium of the V&A, which are situated directly above the bench positions. the work intentionally corrupts the high victoria interior architecture of the surrounding area by misaligning the order of the space.‘ – SW

image © designboom



the jointing details are exposed, displaying the craftsmanship of the 3-meter long benches. richard wood has applied the colorful layers of wood grain print on the end grain, side lengths and full boards of the benches, as well as being sandwiched into the construction of the pieces.

the wood grain print has been applied to the end grain, side lengths and full boards of the benches
image © designboom

the wood print has also been sandwiched into the construction of the pieces
image © designboom

visitors enjoying the benches
image © designboom



over on the other side of town at their east london studio showroom, established & sons have brought together a selection of pieces from their 2009 collection, all in the theme of black and white. when speaking to them about why they chose this theme, it was said that perhaps it was an homage to michael jackson. however, by showcasing the designs in black and white, the focus becomes more about the pieces themselves with distractions of color.

image © designboom

tudor chair by jaime hayon for established & sons
image © designboom

bricks & mortar by sebastian wrong & richard woods for established & sons
image © designboom

  • I love the brick sofa. It’s great in grey.

    Petra Becker 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
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.

(55 articles)


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
502,310 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample