Tube Line Street Furniture, a bench/bike rack developed by designer Lou Corio Randall, twists a single steel tube into something equally fit for perching or parking.
If you were to imagine turning a crazy straw into public furniture, you might picture something resembling Lou Corio Randall’s Tube Line series. Created by twisting a single steel tube into strikingly simple, graphic forms, the concept delivers both a bench and a bike rack in a fluid stroke. After dreaming up the idea while earning his Product and Furniture B.A. at Kingston University London, Randall spent nearly a year developing the project, coming up with multiple configurations that accommodate varying numbers of spots for perching or parking.
This past May, Clerkenwell Design Week saw four iterations of Tube Line street furniture installed around the London district, all in the event’s signature punchy pink. Each version was made to seem like a continuation of the last, shooting up from the ground, winding around, sideways and back before retreating into the concrete, only to spring up again blocks away. Though the Clerkenwell installations were only temporary, expect to see them pop up again at 100% Design.