Take a sip and a seat!

Shape London have been working in collaboration with Fraher Architects on a bespoke compact installation for CDW 2017.

The Playbox was initially presented as a 1200mm x 600mm unit, based on a standard double cupboard. The concept was to manipulate and activate each elevation in every detail. The Playbox would store items that support the user’s experience, facilitating a place to entertain, socialise and play. It was conceived as a mobile unit that would visit different sites during the festival.

The Playbox will be made at Shape London’s 5000 sqft workshop and embodies a number of working details, each integrated handle design will vary, each door will open uniquely, with the box reverting to its original form when not in use.

You’ll find the ‘Big Sister’ Playbox in Design Fields and inhabited by Official Tea Partner Newby Teas. It’s beautifully yet discreetly decorated and made from black multi-wall, a versatile and sleek material which has been provided by James Latham. Newby Teas will be offering a complimentary cup of fine tea to attendees of the festival’s headline talks series – Conversations at Clerkenwell sponsored by eporta.

The’Little Brother’ Playbox over at Brewhouse Yard will be clad in cork to create a textured contrast to the tiles which line the inside.

The Shape London design team started to look into the influence of antique tea caddies and carpentry that has supported the tea industry over the centuries. Each Playbox will open to serve tea and when closed continue to sit as a bespoke piece of furniture to be admired from every angle.

Find out about the series of creative events taking place during the festival over on their website www.shapelondon.co.