Designers Raw Edges have been commissioned by developers TQ9 to design a bespoke bench for their riverside mixed use development at Baltic Wharf in Totnes.
Originally intended to be incorporated into the housing development alongside vehicles and street furniture, the designers suggested that instead the benches be sited along the public footpath running behind the housing development where they could offer views of the river.
The designers were selected from a curated shortlist put together by Suzanne Heath. This project is Raw Edges’ second public realm commission, following the design of Steps, a series of modular concrete street seating for the public space at Peninsula Square in Greenwich, London.
Their elegant cantilevered seating design for Totnes is inspired by their visit to the boatyard in Totnes and the traditional boatbuilding process. The seats have been designed for construction by a local boat builder working in collaboration with an engineering firm to construct the metal framework.
This project has been funded by TQ9, Bloor Homes and Arts Council England.
About the artists
Raw Edges is the London-based design studio of Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay. They met in Jerusalem, moved to London and both studied under Ron Arad at the Royal College of Art, where they graduated in 2007. Together they work in a range of materials to design exhibitions, furniture, installations and interior products including shelves, tiles, lighting, rugs and homewares. Their often colourful designs have a strong accent on playfulness and childlike wonder and they strive for surprise, wonder and humour in their work. Pattern-making and movement form a large part of the DNA at Raw-Edges.
In 2009 they were named designers of the future at Design Miami / Basel. Their colourful installation, consisting of a parquet herringbone floor and cracked mountain made out of plaster boards, was spotted by Stella McCartney who commissioned them to develop bespoke patterned floor designs for each of her stores. In 2015 they were commissioned to create an installation at Chatsworth historic house for an exhibition of furniture, ‘Make Yourself Comfortable’.