Metal ‘Alphabet’ chairs at London Design Festival

London-based graphic designers Kellenberger–White, known for their inventive typefaces, have designed a series of bespoke “Alphabet” chairs. The chairs will serve as an interactive exhibition at London Design Festival from the 15-23 September 2018.

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All 26 letters of the English alphabet serve as inspiration of the various metal stools, which have been folded to form a typographic system. Alphabet is one of this year’s Landmark Projects, a series commissioned by British Land that showcases major installations by top artists and architects around the globe. First introduced in 2007, the Landmark projects have appeared in London’s most iconic spaces from St Paul’s Cathedral to Trafalgar Square.

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The chairs will pop up around Finsbury Avenue Square, with visitors encouraged to explore, play with, re-arrange, sit on, rest against and form words with the various moveable pieces. Despite their simple and playful nature, great attention has been paid to the appearance of the chairs. Each chair boasts a different colour of industrial paint, from the International Orange used for San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to Cornflower Blue, which is found on Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge.

alphabet chairs
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The chairs form a unique typeface, influenced by the work of László Moholy-Nagy, Marianne Brandt and Wilhelm Wagenfeld.  Other influences for this genuinely functional typeface include Bruno Munari’s photos ‘Seeking Comfort in an Uncomfortable Chair’ (1944), Max Bill and Hans Gugelot’s Ulm Stool (1955) and Bruce McLean’s ‘pose’ works of the 1970s.

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