Home' Scoop Homes and Art : Insite 23 Summer 2009 Contents LONDON DIRECTIONS
Tom Dixon's latest o ering, the clever O cut stool, was
launched in September at the London Design Festival.
Using the scraps of oak wood, which he believes is the
most textured and interesting part of the tree, the stool's
elementary form is the result of several innovations. The
circular round seat makes use of the curved o -cuts -- its
construction requires no additional screws or glue, and
finally, the stool is flat-packed in a recycled box for delivery.
Available from De De Ce in Australia, it comes in natural
and fluoro orange. Chop, chop!
A very pleasing-to-the-eye series of street furniture has recently popped up in the Royal
Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Replacing dull rectangular and often vandalised
boxes, the new newspaper kiosks have been designed by Heatherwick Studio. Looking
good, and operational by day but closed at night, the pod-like design is constructed of
steel and wood, with an external coating in patented brass. A glazed band at the top of the
struc ture allows natural light into the kiosks during the day, and is illuminated at night.
Protecting millions of valuable insect specimens and plant samples, the National History
Museum's recently opened Cocoon is the visual highlight of the Natural History Museum's
decade-long $140 million Darwin Centre project. Denmark-based CF Moller Architects
designed the beautifully organic eight-storey curved concrete structure. As well as o ering
a protective chrysalis for the collections, the Cocoon has been designed to open up the
power of learning with a transparent inner layer interior, so visitors can experience the birth
of scientific knowledge from the resident scientists firsthand.
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, nhm.ac.uk.
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