Gabriela Hearst is a sustainable fashion brand with a commitment to the environment that has created a pioneering model for ecologically responsible clothing and accessories. Foster + Partners has designed the first London store, including the majority of the furniture. The furniture – manufactured by Benchmark – is made from London Plane timber sourced from a tree that fell during a storm in Lincoln. The pieces have a soft geometry with integrated LED lighting, vegetable tanned leather and accented with rose gold edging – a signature colour for Gabriela Hearst.
The revamp of the market stalls and food units enhances the quality and reinforces the unique identity of one of London’s most vibrant and long standing covered markets. The challenge was to offer a sense of coherence to the market stalls whilst also being flexible in layout. Designed as modular objects, the new stalls can be orientated and combined to suit different product displays, with racks and shelving, and storage at the base. In the evenings, they can be easily folded up and stored if the event space is required. Materiality was important, the ash timber frames have a light appearance which will darken over time, while the accessories are made in brass, which will also darken.
Desking system: The Bloomberg office furniture system has been designed and developed closely with Bloomberg to support a new generation of open plan working. The desk is configured in organic clusters that can create circular cells, each with a central meeting table. Every desk is fitted with a fully adjustable, motorised, sit-stand mechanism allowing users to select their preferred desktop position and encourage physical mobility in the workplace.
Pantry: The upper level of the Pantry is formed by a sweeping crescent of individual meeting booths that overlook the space, defined by a continuously curving upholstered orange seat, known as the Ha-Ha, aimed at preserving views through the building. Inspired by the classic British kitchen table, large-scale tables are positioned in four clusters around the Pantry to provide drinks and food for all. Each cluster has a different character – one with the backdrop of a long aquarium wall, the others by a top-lit double-height vertical garden, a giant media wall and a striking neon artwork by Langlands and Bell.
Jeddah Metro is an integrated urban masterplan for the 23rd century that outlines a completely unified design vision of the city’s transport system, incorporating a long-term strategy that will act as a catalyst for urban growth, setting in place the foundations for a sustainable future for Jeddah. Inspired by the city’s vision for infrastructure development, the proposal is a joint venture with engineers Arcadis, and takes a holistic approach towards different modes of transport, public spaces, energy and communication infrastructure, and landscaping, ensuring each of these aspects forms a coherent and complementary whole.
The courtyard is the social heart of the Samson Pavilion. Generously top-lit through linear skylights and furnished with oak tables, benches and planters designed by the practice and manufactured by Benchmark, the space is meant for informal work meetings, chance encounters, and sharing a coffee from the nearby cafe. The bespoke pieces of furniture are an extension of the OVO furniture range. The designs were a conscious departure from typical ‘office’ furniture, looking to impart a warm, tactile and friendly character.