Studio Swine practice research-led design, creating work that is a product of its location, culture and resources, regarding design as a tool for placemaking. The team has designed four benches – Shirt, Tie, Pipe and Shoe – which all reference traditional trades found to this day in St James’s. Studio Swine found inspiration working with St James’s heritage brands such as shirtmakers Turnbull & Asser and shoemakers Lobb. Studio Swine also created a set of occasional seating. Inspired by looms used to make fabrics for shirts and ties the Loom Chair & Stool echo the intersecting threads of the weaving process.
Photography © Polly Braden
SWINE (Super Wide Interdisciplinary New Explorers) is a collaboration between Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves. Creating works that span across disciplines of art, design and film, SWINE explores themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the context of globalisation.