Project scope: Bespoke tables, seating, lighting & sculpture
PP Trysting Tree a semi permanent installation through four meeting rooms, explores the dialogue of unnatural nature using the client's own waste materials. Boughs made from polypropylene pipe and nylon cable ties hang over a glossy black table and seating module whose surface is inlaid with discarded computer screens.
As transparency is a design guideline for the client, both in architectural design and as a core principle, we sought to take it a step further by allowing the tree and tables to flow through all four rooms, almost ignoring the glass dividing walls. The effect visually unifies the rooms and from certain vantages it is difficult to see where one room ends and another begins.
Encircled by tables and stools, the tree sits at the convergence of the four rooms creating a welcoming hub for face-to-face discussion or remote meetings via computer. Blossom from the tree, visible through illuminated windows in the tables has been assimilated into the technology of the environment. Refracted by lenses and screens sourced from discarded computer monitors, the almost holographic appearance of the blossom bridges the gap between the physical and the virtual.
Historically, trysting trees are places to gather and meet prior to battle, during a hunt or simply to debate. In the more contemporary commercial setting of this London office, this poetic intervention invites people into the rooms from across the globe and enhances the sense of this being a place for meeting in the 21st century.
Materials: Polypropylene pipe; nylon cable ties; stainless steel wire rope; LG HI-MACS; components from 39 decommissioned computer monitors; wood; foam; Fabric: Scuba by Maharam; LEDs and other miscellaneous materials.