Squashed: People, Proximity and Public Space


6 September 2019

As urban populations continue to grow, how can design respond to our ever-increasing proximity to one another?

This question will be up for debate during the London Design Festival (LDF) when Disegno hosts a panel discussion and drinks reception in collaboration with Italian furniture manufacturer Tacchini to celebrate the launch of Disegno #24.

Squashed: People, Proximity and Public Space will be a panel discussion hosted on 19 September examining the role of design in dealing with crowded spaces.

Furniture and fittings in public, semi-public and liminal spaces have to meet specific design requirements, ranging from crowd management and heavy usage, to comfort and aesthetics. What is often overlooked, however, is how people actually interact together in such places – at times requiring distance, closeness, relaxation or workspace.

Disegno’s editor-in-chief Oli Stratford will chair this panel exploring how architects and designers can make space for everyone when this is increasingly in short supply.

Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd, PearsonLloyd
Nina Tolstrup, Studiomama
Je Ahn, Studio Weave

31 Thurloe Place
London, SW7 2HQ

Thursday 19 September


Drinks served

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