Special Mention 2019

Commissioned by The RHS for Chelsea flower show, the Root Bench gives its simple visual aesthetic over to the single tree planted within it.
Representing the ground surface are 6 large planks of English Oak, beneath which are the roots of the tree. Folded from 2mm steel plate, and reminiscent of a biological cross-section drawing brought to life, the mass of complex folded steel supports all the weight of these 4m long benches fully laden, through its intersecting geometry and extruded form. Designed using parametric software and all fabricated in house, the design is a simple ode to the miraculous strength of root systems.
Images © Ollie Hammick