Polystyrene is one of the most sustainable materials as it can be endlessly recycled. CDW Content Editor Max Fraser says, “Polystyrene is considered one of the ‘bad’ materials of our time as it can’t be recycled through regular municipal recycling schemes. However, if the material is sent back to the manufacturer, it is 100% recyclable (98% of it is air). So we are commissioning these beacons at CDW with their end-of life destination fully diverted from landfill.”
The sculptures will be produced by Bakers Patterns who specialise in polystyrene model making and manufacturing, having worked with leading designers from Zaha Hadid, Disney, Marvel & Antony Gormley.
3x1x1:Reform is a threshold through which Clerkenwell’s regular commuters and design visitors will retrace, recall and remember moments of the city around them. The intersecting geometries form a threshold and frame views of the everyday, the surrounding built fabric of Farringdon, highlighting the unique historic nature of Clerkenwell as the creative centre between the London’s East and West.
In 1762, a landlord claimed his house and his daughter were haunted by the ghost of Fanny Lynes, who had died at home in Cock Lane. Regular séances were held, including one in the crypt of St John’s, to determine “Scratching Fanny’s” motives. Will you hear Fanny come knocking?
Studio 8Fold is an innovative London-based design practice. We see architecture as a powerful nexus to fuse socially & environmentally conscious projects with capital-driven projects, spatialising an outcome that leverages the best attributes of each. We value collaboration, initiative, and offer synthesis through spatial intelligence.
EightHourDay reflects upon Clerkenwell’s incredible 18th-century-history of clockmaking, its streets then bustling with workmen from the various subdivisions of the trade. The form and play on perspective references the illusive behaviour of time, and its eight dials & absence of hands are a nod to the ‘short-time movement’ (8-hour workday), now warped by modern life.