Callington Road is a modern mental health hospital in Bristol and we were commissioned to make the cafe furniture for 40 people.
“The showpiece… is the cafe furniture by Angus Ross. This sculptural centre-piece is a series of four interconnected curved benches. These unite the space, give it a focal point and link the furniture to the structural columns of the building itself. They create an informal gathering point for staff and users … Clinicians have already commented on how they stop and chat to others in a way not experienced elsewhere. The sinuous forms and curves, the sheer beauty of the large bulks of timber and the craftsmanship in the making are remarkable – the piece exudes pride care and sophistication.”
Susan Francis – architectural advisor for the future healthcare network, NHS confederation.
The design was developed after research with staff and service users and in response to the architecture of the new building. The reception/cafe area of the hospital is a crucial interface between the public, staff and service users. The sculptural multilayered construction was designed to create an interactive focal centre-piece to link the reception area and the cafe and consists of four interconnected curved benches at four heights (bar, table, stool, and seat). The eight circular ‘butterfly’ tables and chairs seats are constructed from native ash using traditional chair-making skills – steam bent frames interlocked with turned stretchers for strength, coupled with solid tops and laminated plywood seats.