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Design over Comfort

A landscape architecture practice called Djao-Rakitine recently created a monolithic marble bench and water fountain outside of Selfridges, a popular chain of high-end department stores in London. This specific installment was outside the Selfridges in London and the two pieces were designed by David Chipperfield. The purpose of the installment was to upgrade the overall streetscape experience. Other than the two sculptural furniture, they also upgrade the quality of the street lights, pavement, and pedestrian comfort and traffic, according to an article in Dezeen written by Ali Morris.

Speaking of comfort the a hard marble bench does not seem to be the most comfortable thing to sit in. While the design of the water fountain and bench is extremely beautiful and elegant looking. It may not be the thing men want to relax in while their other half is shopping around for hours. However, the two sculptural furniture pieces is placed right in front of the entrance to Selfridges, this really helps grab pedestrians attention and lure more shoppers into the store.



  1. ycao21 wrote:

    People always say that design should have or serves a purpose, not necessarily. Sometime design is for aesthetics not functions. Let’s use these sculptures as an example, even though that are not really serving any purposes but they definitely made the shopping center looks more upscale. Therefore, sometimes arts and designs are made to make it’s surroundings looks more expensive.

    Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  2. gebeling wrote:

    The design definitely looks really nice and luxurious. But I feel like the materiality won’t always attract people to use it. Maybe on a sunny warm day it would feel nice to sit on warm marble but on the common rainy cool day in London the stone might not be the most attractive. But then again the bench looks to provide privacy with full back coverage and it might just attract people to touch it because it is marble.

    Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 8:54 pm | Permalink
  3. jle21 wrote:

    I think that it is unnecessary for the benches to be comfortable. When are benches ever comfortable? I really enjoy the organic design of the bench and water fountain, it gives the atmosphere a higher end look while looking minimal and natural. I really appreciate this approach as opposed to an ordinary bench/water fountain.

    Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at 5:58 am | Permalink