Ryan Frank is Back with Bee Friendly Furniture for the National Theatre
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Ryan Frank may have moved his design studio to the sunnier climes of Barcelona, but he is still getting great commissions back in London, where he's made a name for his funky ways with reclaimed materials. The latest project is a collection of outdoor furniture for the National Theatre's Terrace Bar & Food, which has itself gone under a sustainable revamp recently. Ryan was clearly the designer of choice for the job according to the Catering Manger at the National Theatre, Vicky Falconer-Pritchard.
Vicky says, "Ryan's sustainability ethos corresponds directly with what we are aiming to achieve here." She has overseen the National Theatre recently joining the Sustainable Restaurant Association and their new principles of sourcing sustainable food and drink and composting food waste.
Ryan Frank found inspiration for this project in the distinctive wood grain form in the NT building's concrete structure. Appropriately he has chosen to use raw salvaged timber to make a series of tables, benches and stools, which double up as planters that grow herbs and plants for use in the cafe.
"I wanted the furniture to look like it had been made from the very planks reclaimed from the original construction of the National Theatre. I wanted the furniture to have a sense of belonging" says Frank.
We love that the fragrant planters are designed to attract bees and create a 'living space' on this rooftop garden cafe over looking the city. The solid texture of the timber furniture is offset nicely by the delicate herbs and flowers in the planters. The robust castors on each piece, a distinctively Ryan Frank detail, allow the collection to be easily reconfigured around the space, according to the occasion.
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