As part of STORE’s ongoing relationship with Gillett Square we ran a weekend workshop, held in the square, that investigated and explored a series of semi-permanent and permanent public furniture design as part key research into how the square functions.
The project began with a consultation with the Gillett Square Action group. This was a chance to listen to everyone’s relationship to the square. During the weekend workshop we explored the square, its inhabitants and how it works as a public space, before developing designs and constructing working furniture prototypes that will go back into the square.
Finally the furniture designed and built during the workshop was used to host a dinner for the students, action group and stakeholders in the square to discuss all of the designs, and whether it is possible that ideas may be taken forward as permanent solutions.