Pipe Line

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A sin­u­ous bench-cum-bike rack hits the street in Lon­don

If you were to imag­ine turn­ing a crazy straw into pub­lic fur­ni­ture, you might pic­ture some­thing re­sem­bling Lou Co­rio Ran­dall’s Pipe Line se­ries. Cre­ated by twist­ing a sin­gle steel tube into strik­ingly sim­ple, graphic forms, the con­cept de­liv­ers both a bench and a bike rack in a fluid stroke. Af­ter dream­ing up the idea while earn­ing his Prod­uct and Fur­ni­ture B.A. at Kingston Uni­ver­sity Lon­don, Ran­dall spent nearly a year de­vel­op­ing the project, com­ing up with mul­ti­ple con­fig­u­ra­tions that ac­com­mo­date vary­ing num­bers of spots for perch­ing or park­ing. This past May, Clerken­well De­sign Week saw four it­er­a­tions of Pipe Line street fur­ni­ture in­stalled around the Lon­don dis­trict, all in the event’s sig­na­ture punchy pink. Each ver­sion was made to seem like a con­tin­u­a­tion of the last, shoot­ing up from the ground, wind­ing around, side­ways and back be­fore re­treat­ing into the con­crete, only to spring up again blocks away. Though the Clerken­well in­stal­la­tions were only tem­po­rary, ex­pect to see them pop up again in Septem­ber as part of 100% De­sign. _ERIN DON­NELLY louco­ri­o­ran­dall.com

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