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Acute And Obtuse: Transforming Urban Spaces with Sustainable Outdoor Furniture

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In the bustling heart of London, amidst the vibrant energy of Abbey Gardens, a remarkable transformation is taking place. Adrienne Lau, an architect and designer with a passion for sustainability, has breathed new life into this urban oasis with her innovative outdoor furniture series, Acute And Obtuse.

 

Debuting as part of the esteemed London Festival of Architecture, Acute And Obtuse is not just about furnishing a space; it’s about revitalizing it from its very core. Lau’s vision was sparked by the need to rejuvenate food growing in Abbey Gardens, where trapezoid planters crafted from wood boards and galvanized steel corner sleeves had stood for years. When it came time to replace these planters, Lau saw an opportunity to repurpose the sturdy steel corners into something truly remarkable.

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Collaborating closely with grassroots community gardens, Lau and her team embarked on a journey to transform these reclaimed materials into functional works of art. Local volunteers lent their hands to the project, separating the steel corners from the old wood boards with care and dedication. The challenges posed by welding thin galvanized steel were met with creative solutions, as alternative materials were sought for joints.

The result? A stunning collection of outdoor furniture pieces, where reclaimed wood and steel intertwine to create a harmonious blend of sustainability and style. Douglas Fir beams, salvaged from a demolished Victorian army barracks, take center stage, their clean, rounded forms contrasting beautifully with the sharp angles of the steel corners.

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But what truly sets Acute And Obtuse apart is its embrace of imperfection. Lau deliberately leaves the notches and nail holes on the reclaimed wood untouched, celebrating the material’s rich history and adding a unique character to each piece. It’s a testament to the beauty found in the unexpected, a reminder that true sustainability lies in honoring the stories embedded within our materials.

Today, Acute And Obtuse stands as more than just a furniture series; it’s a symbol of community resilience and environmental stewardship. From benches nestled in the sunken ruins of Abbey Gardens to loungers beckoning weary travelers to rest, each piece serves as a testament to the power of creative reuse.

As we navigate an ever-changing world, Adrienne Lau’s Acute And Obtuse serves as a beacon of hope—a reminder that with vision and determination, we can transform our urban spaces into havens of sustainability and beauty. And in doing so, we pave the way for a brighter, more resilient future for generations to come.

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