Royal Pump Rooms, Leamington Spa, 1999
The commission - to design and make all the furniture for the new art gallery, part of a new cultural redevelopment of the historic spa buildings.
"The desk reflects the gallery's previous function as a swimming pool,. There is a flowing wall of slumped and laminated glass panels (which echo the play of light on water), above which runs an oak counter dipping down and then rising higher to create a split level desk - separating out the differing functions, and allowing for maximum public contact, including children and those in wheelchairs. The long arc allows plenty of room for two personnel, and good ergonomic use of the required hardware. Task Chairs in white and red leather and stainless steel.
Glass by Jeff Bell - Hackney, London.
length - 4500mm,
height - 1200mm,
depth - 900mm
The three person bench seats continue the theme of water. Consisting of an s-shaped brown oak slab seat supported by a contra-flowing wall to create a dynamic interplay of line and space.
Manufactured in brown oak with cast and polished aluminium support leg.
length - 1780mm,
height - 460mm,
depth - 400mm
Primarily for the display of publications and literature, in the gallery of the Royal pump rooms, Leamington spa. The low table picks up on the counter detail of the desk - a drooped section in the middle of the table top allows the vertical display of promotional cards and leaflets.
The top slab is suspended above two stack laminated curved walls by linked aluminium tie bars, creating a a strongly defined visual split.
length - 1270mm,
width - 600mm,
height - 400mm
Oak captain's chairs offer a resting point for visitors to the gallery. Upholstered in red and white leather, the seats are a humorous play on the lifebelt.