The London Dresser, London 2012

The London Dresser is a large scale cabinet displaying small scale buildings. London’s architectural crown jewels are recreated as beautifully crafted seats. By day the cabinet opens and the seats are arranged to create an informal social gathering space. By night the buildings were placed inside the cabinet to create an interactive backdrop to the street, where they were momentarily illuminated as people pass by and peer in. The structure was a digital belvedere that framed and captured the London skyline in time-lapse photography throughout the Olympic Games.

The project was commissioned by the Mayor of London as part of the Wonder Installations series for 2012. It was designed with University of Westminster students Hugo Bass, James Kirk and Preet Panesar. Millimetre built and installed the seats and the cabinet. Studio Wanju Kim made the models and Denki-Jin Electronics the interactive lighting. Dresser photographs by Charles Hosea.

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