Design joy

Let me big up another practice’s work for a moment: enthusiastic applause and a few whistles, if you will, for this marvellously-cheerful honesty stall by Public Works. It’s for Abbey Gardens, a community garden in West Ham where I’m a member of the unfeasibly-over-skilled (though I say so myself) friends’ group. But I digress. Just look at the thing: its scalloped roof, which works raised and down; its stencil-cut sign which turns into a lighting gobo when the sun is in the right direction; its trugs with a nod to late 1950s Scandinavian design; its little shelves bent out from the metal which become windows – and the money slot has been crafted so that it makes a lovely noise when you drop your coins in. Utter design joy.

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