We've been working with Plymouth University to help realise the design and installation of a new bar for the new Performing Arts Centre being build and due to open in Autumn 2014.
Lem Harris, a third year student on the Spatial and Interior Designer BA course, won a competition to design the bar, which was set as a live project by MULTI-STORY-THINKER Jonathan Forster in his role as part time tutor for the Plymouth course.
Lem's design included a bent and warped bar front and back bar which we've been helping to fabricate using brushed stainless steel panels.
The project involved technical issues of how to form the design with a cost effective and hard waring solution. Drew and Co, the contractors who successfully won the tender to supply and install the bar,
were keen to get involved to find a solution but were also aware of the educational benefits of involving student Lem in the process.
Drew and Co's director Ian Botterill experimented with aluminium foils, which provided the look but weren't resilient enough. We suggested using sheets of .75mm brushed stainless steel and tried a hands on (and feet) approach to bending and warping the sheets. Using sand bags and brute force and deft use of body weight we quickly established a technique for shaping the panels.